It’s more than just registering; we need to act and vote
By Rachel Nichol
National Voter Registration Day was September 24, and its purpose was to gather young voters. With my experience working for the Garden City elections, the number of voting young adults is unacceptably low. Even when I was transferred to another precinct in the city, the number of young adults never increased.
I’m a registered voter, and I plan on making my vote count during future elections. This generation knows that there is a need for change, but are not acting on it. It is not enough to simply register, but as a society, we must to get out there and let our votes count.
It was saddening to see hardly any young adult voters throughout my time working the elections. People always instruct others to vote, and most of us pass off the experiences, but it is one of the great things this generation can do to make the changes they wish to see in their country. It is such a powerful tool, and it is right at our reach.
Once we turn eighteen, we are allowed so many things. To teenagers, buying a pack of cigarettes when they become a legal adult is seemingly more interesting than making a difference in our country, even our communities.
Abstaining from the vote, but complaining about the very policies that you did not vote on, is just ignorant. Take those who complain about President Barack Obama for example: some of those who dislike him and were old enough to vote when he was re-elected, chose not to. If voters believe he is incapable of being in office, they need to vote at the next presidential election for a different party.
Young adults have the right to vote in this country based on Democracy. Some counties do not have this freedom, and many adults do not even use this to their advantage. We are such a powerful generation and if young adults begin to vote, we can achieve the changes we want or need.
Men have to register for Selective Service at 18 regardless of whether they register to vote. The government does not currently use a draft, but Congress can vote to reinstate the draft in the future if necessary. However, it does not matter whether you register to vote or not, and neither does jury duty. You can be selected for either the draft or jury duty, regardless of whether you register to vote. This is why commercials for the Navy and the Army tell you to enlist, so do not let this myth prevent you from making a difference in our country.
At School Daze, 103 people from 23 different communities became new voters and several hundred have registered over the past years as well. Paula Bowman, Vice President of the League of Women Voters of North West Wayne County said it was a great turnout.
If everyone can keep this number growing, we can make the changes we wish to see. By voting, this generation can enlighten themselves about political issues and what is happening in the world, rather than worrying about “why your boyfriends’ ex-girlfriend is messaging him on Facebook.”