College students are by far some of the most important voters! At some point I'm sure someone has told you that voting is important because it is your chance to voice your opinion and impact the future. Feel like your vote really won't make a difference? Well I hate to break it to you but you're wrong! Here's a few reasons why you should make sure to hit up the polls when the time comes.
1. Your Vote Matters
This is the most important reason! Many students don't believe their vote will make any difference, but recent history has shown that elections can be decided by a handful of votes. In fact, many local elections end in ties each year with winners being determined by a coin flip. A freaking coin flip! Taking the action to vote can help prevent elections from being left to chance.
2. Shape the Social Agenda
Are you passionate about a particular social issue? Gay marriage, capital punishment and the separation of church and state are only a few of many contentious topics that dominate the political discourse. Learn about candidates' views on issues that are important to you, and vote in support of your beliefs.
3. Impact the Election
The college vote can highly swing elections. There are more than 75 million Millennials, a number that rivals the number of baby boomers. It might seem crazy but it's true! The problem is that college students typically vote in much smaller numbers than older citizens. Millennials represent a powerful political force that can impact the final elections!
4. Your future
There has been a lot of talk this year about the economy and how to create jobs, as well as a debate about the minimum wage. Toss in some chatter about free college and student loan refinance. Which some states are already creating tuition free college. Do you need more reasons to vote? These issues have a huge direct effect on every student who is in college, will be attending college, or who has recently graduated.
5. Financial Aid
Do you care about money? Student loans, Pell Grant, work-study are all federal programs. This means that the next President and congressional delegates will have a say in how those programs are shaped for years to come. It does not end there. Your vote for Governor and state representatives will affect state aid to you and to your school. State universities and colleges rely on tax-payer funding to support the services they give students. These are not cheap, if they matter to you then voice your opinion.
6. It’s Your Right
Just as you've been told since you were little, voting is an important right we have a duty to exercise. Many governments around the world allow citizens no part in electing officials. You do have the opportunity to help select government leaders, and the health of our democracy relies on your participation. Exercise your right!
7. College Life
Are the laws the same on-campus vs off-campus? With few exceptions, the laws that dictate what you can and can’t do are the same. It’s your state representatives that are actively involved in setting many of these laws. Local elections are more frequent, so vote this year and then every chance you get. College is also a good place to start forming opinions of your ideal society.
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