Five Things A High Schooler Needs to Know About Voting
November 5th is Election Day. Although the legal age for voting is 18, high schoolers should know why voting is important. Here are five things you need to hear before it’s your time to vote:
It’s YOUR right.
People will make you think that your vote does not matter or that you’re too young to engage in the political process. Don’t let others discourage you from voting. It is your right as an American to participate in our democracy.
When you vote, you honor past sacrifices.
Many men and women have sacrificed a great deal for you to get an education and have the opportunity to vote today. Honor those sacrifices by voting and becoming a leader in your community.
Young voters account for half of the voting population.
Young people make up the largest group of voters in the U.S. Your group has the potential to influence and make a difference in this country.
Voting is easier than you think.
We live in a tech-savvy world. The information you need about candidates, voting registration, and locations are at the tip of your fingers. Also, it takes less than 2 minutes to register to vote. Don’t take this privilege for granted.
These elections affect your community
College tuition, affordable health care coverage, minimum wage regulations–these are all hot button issues that are and will continue to affect your life. It is wise (and necessary) to do research on candidates that will implement policies that will positively impact your life.
Students–your voice matters! Continue being leaders by anticipating your first time voting. Check out our Events page to view more ways you can enhance the Capitol community.