Voting matters

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“The presidential election is rigged.”

“The electoral college chooses whichever candidate they want anyway.”

“My vote doesn’t matter.”

Citizens often reference these phrases when explaining why it is they choose not to vote in U.S. elections, an opinion that is especially popular with Generation Y.

“The presidential election is rigged.”

“The electoral college chooses whichever candidate they want anyway.”

“My vote doesn’t matter.”

Citizens often reference these phrases when explaining why it is they choose not to vote in U.S. elections, an opinion that is especially popular with Generation Y.

These disillusioned youths of the millennial generation feel they see right through the government and its overabundance of authority– but, in reality, the only way to end the unfair distribution of governmental power that they so ardently argue exists is to opt for new leadership. By abstaining from voting, we only perpetuate the cycle.

Many have lost faith in the government, and especially congress, due to either a lack of action or a lack of their own actions making an immediate difference. But what some still have yet to learn is that the U.S. congressional process is slow by design. It is slow so as to prevent any hasty decisions that might cause national upheaval.

Essentially, congress continues to do exactly what it was created to do. And, still, many citizens mistake this for governmental failure.

However, we have seen a trend in the 2016 election wherein candidate Bernie Sanders is garnering massive support from young voters. Where many felt he would fail due to his self-described ‘democratic-socialist’ position, Sanders has risen above the rest. It is more important now than ever, with less-than-subpar candidates like republican Donald Trump and democrat Hillary Clinton heading the polls, to encourage this growth into a massive boom in young voter turnout.

Supporting a candidate is only half the battle– the real challenge is encouraging our peers to participate in the appointment of the new leader of the free world; it’s convincing the general population that, no matter how little you think your vote counts, it is absolutely monumental.

We are a democratic nation, and anyone that doesn’t take advantage of that is not fully utilizing the resources of their own rights. Vote because it matters. Vote because others will notice and might follow suit. Vote because we, unlike most places, can.