• Dean Albarkat

Why Voting Matters

Ah yes, fall has finally come - pumpkin spice is in the air, apple orchard photos are flooding your feeds, and Halloween is on the horizon (trick or treat, yum). But the end of October this year signifies something else that is equally as important as our favorite ideas of fall: the presidential election! Here are three reasons why you should vote this year. 


1. Your vote matters

While it has been on the rise since 2012, still less than half of the eligible voters aged 18-29 exercised their right in 2016, leaving many unrepresented adults throughout the country! That number needs to rise, and it’s up to us to make that happen. Make your voice heard! 


2. Taxes

This year put a lot of us into a place of financial disarray. New leaders can have that same effect on us. We all pay taxes, right? But a lot of us don’t know where that money is going. Voting gives you the chance to choose where those tax dollars are spent. You work hard for your money, shouldn’t it work hard for you too?


3. Democracy

We’re governed by democracy, so don’t break it by not voting! I don’t know about you, but “king” or “queen” followed by the name of our next leader sounds a little… outdated? No system is perfect, ours has its flaws, but at the end of the day, we get to vote. It is a privilege just as much as it is a right, and we should use it to our full advantage. 


You can do things like checking your voter registration and finding polling locations here


No matter who you are voting for, whether or not it’s your first time, or if you’ve never felt in touch with politics enough for your opinion to matter, this is a new chance for your voice to count. Don’t let it go to waste. VOTE!




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