SO YOU'RE 18. 

Why should you care about going to the polls on election day?

 

YOUR VOTE MATTERS.

We get it. It's easy to feel overlooked as a teenager in a country of 300 million. But the only way your vote won't matter is if you don't use it. In 2016, the margin of victory for an Arizona Congressional primary was 16 votes, and a Vermont Senate race was determined by a single vote,

DO YOU CARE ABOUT SOMETHING?

Maybe it's climate change. Maybe it's gun control. Or maybe you think the road to your school has one too many potholes. Whether it's a federal, local, or state election, if you vote, you're giving a voice to the issues you care about. Participation is central to democracy.

YOU WILL NOT BE OVERLOOKED.

Many teenagers are apathetic about politics, whether they just don't care or think that politicians don't care about them. But historically, young people being politically engaged has led to profound change. Youth voting participation was central during both the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War.

YOUR FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS.

Right now, seniors have the highest voting population, despite being only a fraction of the total population. But whether it’s big or small, every decision made today will affect us tomorrow, and we have the power to positively impact our tomorrow by voting. We owe it to our future to make responsible, aware decisions in the present. 

 

The bottom line is, the power to cause profound change is in our hands. We just have to do something with it.