The youth vote makes up about 50% of the voting pool and today's youth are more politically active than ever, yet the older generations have proven more likely to vote in the past. As of 2020, Generation Z's electorate has surpass that of the Silent Generation for the first time, making their voice more powerful than ever. That being said, the youth vote will continue to be of critical importance. According to the New York Times, "For the first time, millennials and Generation Z have enough electoral clout to seriously compete with their elders." (NYT 3/2020). Furthermore, Generation Z has proven to be a generation that desires change, and these past few months have demonstrated that we are a force to be reckoned with. However, this political activism comes with the responsibility of voting for the change that we advocate for, so make your voice heard and vote!
On a global scale, having the right to vote is a privilege. We, as Americans, have this right, and this right gives us a voice in government. However, not all US citizens have always been able to vote. Women obtained the right to vote 100 years ago after protesting, striking, and petitioning. African Americans dealt with the setbacks of literacy tests, the grandfather clause, and Jim Crow laws, against which they had to fight for countless years for the full right to vote. People have died for this right, and now that it has been obtained, use it to vote for those who couldn't. Do not take this privilege for granted!
No matter whether you vote or not, one of the candidates will end up in office. So, make your voice heard! If you do not cast a vote in the election, you forego your right to complain about political proceedings because you did not do your part to impact the election. If you are passionate about your beliefs and ideas, VOTE!
If you're stuck between candidates and you hate one of them, but just can't fully wrap your head around the other so you decide not to vote, you are essentially giving a "vote" to the candidate that you hate. By taking your vote away from the candidate you might consider to be slightly better, that candidate has less support, therefore giving the other candidate more of an advantage. Even if you're not in complete support of one of the candidates this year, cast your vote for the individual whose ideals align the closest with yours, or you might end up contributing the country's ideals as a whole shifting in the opposite direction.
As a result of the United States' style of federal government, the results of state and local elections will impact your daily life more frequently than the presidential election. This has been especially evident throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Some states chose to loosen their stay-at-home orders earlier than others, therefore only impacting the daily lives of members of their state. That being said, state and local elections are just as important to vote in as the presidential election!
Unfortunately, due to the Electoral College, your vote may not count as much or may count more than someone's vote in another state statistically. However, something important to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to vote for president is that you are voting in a state election to decide which candidate your state's electoral votes will go to. Your vote counts just as much as any other person within your state when choosing where the electoral votes go. So, vote!
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