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Voting season is here! There seems to be a trend across many college campuses that college students think that their votes do not matter. This way of thinking is not good for future generations because if college students do not vote, who is going to represent them when it is time for the next election? Whether it be for a local election or voting for the next president, all votes matter! Student votes are equally as important as any other vote.
Just as you've been told since elementary school, voting is an important right that some people take for granted. In certain parts of the world the governments allow citizens no part in electing officials. You do have the opportunity to help select government leaders.
The Numbers Don’t Lie
Here’s a stereotype college students get labeled over and over again. Millennials. College students (Millennials) are a key constituency in any, and every, election. In the United States there is 44 million Millennial voters eligible to vote, your vote can make a huge difference regardless of what you might be told.
Millennial voters are more diverse than any other generation. According to Rock the Vote, "Sixty-one percent of Millennials identify as White, while 17% are Hispanic, 15% are Black and 4% are Asian.”
Politicians know what demographics vote each election, and they are more likely to support initiatives that are popular among groups with the highest voter turnout. Unfortunately college students are among the lowest turnout. For college students to have significant political influence, they must get out there and vote.
It’s Literally Your Future
Yeah, yeah, yeah this your parents' future as well, but in the long term this will highly impact a very critical time in your adult life! Any decision or law passed by a president in their term has an effect, whether it be good or bad.
American's ages 45 and older, are the most likely to vote and they hold the highest percentage of people who will vote. Think about it this way. When you get ready in the morning and vote in your head on what to wear for the day do you call your parents and have them pick your outfit? No.
It is a well known fact that the older generations see the world very differently than most college students. Many adults think that there are things that should not be changed while the younger generations can see what will happen if nothing is changed. The Millennial generation has grown up with access to knowledge with a just a push of a button. The days of only gathering information from word of mouth is long gone. Millennials don’t always believe the politics that was passed down from their parents like previous generations.
We are the next generation, and if you don't like the way things are being decided, then get out there and vote.
If there is a presidential candidate that believes interest on student loans should be decreased and he does not win the election, the candidate that wins may not even think student loans is an issue. You may think that this is not an issue now, but once you graduate and have to pay back those loans you are going to wish that you voted for that candidate who wanted to lower loan interest.
Voting for a candidate that shares similar views as you highly increases your chances that things will be the way you would like once you graduate. If you think that not voting isn't going to affect you now, think about how it might affect you after graduation. The real world is very different from college so keep that in mind.
While a tax on beer cans might seem like the end of the world in college there are other important views to take into consideration for your future.
The Vote Is Yours
If you’re registered to vote, PLEASE vote. If you were late to registration, these following states have same day registration that will allow you to fill out a ballot: California, Colorado Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Thank you for showing up, we’re proud of you.