As the election approaches, it is important for voters to understand why they should cast their ballot. Discover the top three reasons college students should vote!
It’s Your Right as a Citizen
Some college students feel as though they don’t know enough about each candidate to cast a worthy vote. If you feel as though you don’t have an adequate grasp on the election, it’s important to venture out and learn a basic understanding behind each politician’s views. You, as an American citizen, have the same rights as everyone else. By exercising your voting rights, you can help shape the future of foreign, economic and social policies. Remember—whichever candidate you vote for will represent you in the office.
Millennial Voters Can Swing the Election
Did you know that Millennials (18-34) are the largest living generation in the United States? Sitting at 75.4 million, they now outnumber the baby boomers. That being said, only 41% of millennials ages 18-29 are “absolutely certain” they are going to vote for the 2016 election (USA Today). This means that less than half of young voters are exerting their right as a citizen. As the most diverse cohort in the United States, it’s important tolive up to your potential as an American citizen—your vote matters.
The Policies You Vote for Will Affect Your Future After College
All of the policies you vote for today will affect your future after you graduate. If you don’t care about taxes or healthcare now, you definitely will in the next few years when you obtain a career, purchase a home or start a family. As college students, you also have the loudest voice in regards to education. Without young voters, politicians might feel as though they can bypass students’ needs. Remember that your generation is the next group of leaders in this country, so it is up to you to make a difference.
By voting and encouraging those around you to do the same, you can help create a better future. If you haven’t registered to vote yet, here’s how:
How to Register to Vote
Step 1. Obtain the voter registration form by downloading this form and printing it, or by calling
(877) 850-4959 to request one by mail
Step 2. Fill out the form
Step 3. Send in the form by October 11 to your county election office