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Kyla Wells, Reporter

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An abundance of history surrounds voting, whether it’s women’s suffrage, racial discrimination, or the legal voting age. It took many years to get where we, the United States, are now, and with statewide elections taking place, not as many young voters are expressing their views as are able. The Twenty-sixth Amendment prohibits the government from denying any person that is 18 years old or older the right to vote. Before expressing this right, an eligible voter must register before the state’s’ deadline, but here at WPHS, time is a constraint when it comes to a small fraction of seniors voting.

Coming from a student’s point of view, finding time to juggle school, work, and extracurriculars is hard enough, without throwing politics into the mix. Deborah Burcea, one of the 18-year-olds who are qualified to vote, agrees with this statement. “I don’t pay attention to a lot of it [politics], I don’t really research it. I’d like to, but I just never get around to it.” She also believes that young people are the future of our country, so they have an important say in matters and have a strong voice. In the 2012 election, only 38% of voters from ages 18-24 cast a vote. Sadly, that number is a decrease from the 2008 election, which had a generation high of 50% of young voters.

It’s possible that young adults that fall in the Generation Z category, need to be reminded of the importance of casting a vote and speaking up for today’s society. New voters are part of an incredibly diverse group. The population across the World has advanced more than ever in the previous decade because of evolved morale. Ideas and acceptance have sprouted from this generation, and those opinions are needed to help shape officials and laws. Another reason why everyone needs to fill out a ballot is that every vote counts. Imagine if every citizen was under the impression that “one vote doesn’t make a difference”; no results would arise, placing a negative effect on every party involved. Last but not least, newly registered voters are the future of our country. When voting for a president, it may seem irrelevant, but if that individual were to be reelected, it could last well into their adult years.

Although the November 2018 election has passed, there will be more general elections around the corner. Even if you’re not eligible to vote quite yet, there is no harm in following politics and news. The more you prepare and equip yourself with the necessary tools to make informed choices, the better of not only you but the country will be.

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