Young people’s Vote
Young people need to get more involved in what is going on in the government. They are the past, present and future of our great nation. The government makes laws and regulations that we all must follow; therefore, young people should be involved in the government and election processes.
Young voters are any voters between the ages of 18 and 29. Young voters are crucial in elections as, essentially, the future is in their hands. In 2018 midterms, “Preliminary results from ABC exit polls suggest that voters ages 18-29 will make up 13 percent of the overall electorate in this year’s midterms, up from 11 percent in 2014,” states “The Atlantic.” According to an article by U.S.News, titled “Young Voters Turned Out in Historic Numbers Early Estimates Show,” it is stated that “31 percent of the voters aged 18 to 29 cast ballots in the 2018, midterm elections, shattering turnout rates from the past quarter-century, according to an estimate by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University.”
Young people have the right to know what is happening in their government, but if they do not get out and vote, they should not be shocked when something they are against passes legislation. Young people in political office are also a crucial thing that needs to be increased. We need to open our eyes and see that congress is still a majority of elderly white men. We need to add new voices, from both political parties, in order to create and further policies that accurately represent a majority of Americans and what America wants to see in policy changes.
Young people should focus on the government, as they are the people who will hold office in the near future. We need young people as a new voice: the voice that will advocate to change damaging laws. Furthermore, we need young people to call a state convention in order to bring constitutional amendment proposals to votes. Essentially, we need young people to get things done in Washington, D.C, and to participate in protests and rallies when they see their civil rights abused by the government.
It is the youth who must bring peace to our world rather than hate; they are our future negotiators, military commanders, nurses, doctors, congressional representatives, governors, and presidents. Thus, we need them to understand how the government works in order to pursue a better one.
Our government is an important asset to our nation, especially because we have a multi-billion-dollar debt that young people will inherit if nothing is done. Young people cannot just sit down anymore and let older adults handle things. Young people need to get out and vote, write to congresspeople and voice their opinion, good or bad, of government. Why are young people staying away from politics? Because they do not understand the importance of our government officials and the policies and regulations they advocate for. I think that, more and more, young people are getting involved, but too many are also staying home on election day because they simply do not care about politics. Voting on election day should not be about politics, it should be about voicing opinion and performing one’s civic duty as a United States citizen.
Therefore, I urge young people to get out there and vote in November of 2020 or even November of 2019 (if your city or school has elections that day.)