Opinion of: LILLY MOFFETT
Not everyone has a voice; use yours if you can
I wish I was born four months earlier. Especially this year. Because if I was born four months earlier, then I would be able to vote in this election.
In the 2016 presidential election, only 55 percent of the voting-eligible citizens of the United States hit the polls, according to cnn.com. In fact, during the last midterm election, only 36 percent of voters went to the polls, according to fairvote.org
Americans are lucky in the sense that they get a vote in who runs the government. There are plenty of other countries where people have little to no say about who is in charge. So it bothers me when people avoid the polls and don’t utilize their freedom to vote, especially when the same people go on to complain about the current state of the United States leadership.
Because of the freedom Americans have today, it’s shocking to think that less than 100 years ago, women could not even take part in elections. Citizens fought hard for the passage of the 19th Amendment. They fought for the reason of equal voices, so every person who qualifies to vote should take advantage of what others fought so hard for.
Since people initially rallied and fought so strongly for years for the right to vote, one would think this would be a cherished right that rallies the masses each November and be something they look forward to every fall. But especially when midterm elections come around, such as this year’s, not that many people vote.
This year, Election Day is important, and the results can greatly change the way American politics will be run until the next election. If Democrats take many seats in the House and Senate, they could overturn the current Republican majority and their agenda. However, if Democrats do not do well, this party will not have much of a say in the run of the country for the next few years,.Likewise, if Republicans are able to keep their majority, then they will retain control of Congress’s agenda.
As an under-18 teenager, I don’t have much of a say in our government. Although I am not happy with many of the happenings currently taking place, I have no vote. But for the people who have the voice and opportunity to vote, please do so for those who can’t. You never know how close a race could be. Your vote could be the deciding factor.
If you don’t know much about the candidates, do some research. I remember Twitter being flooded memes about write-ins like “Harambe” flooding Twitter during the 2016 presidential election. People either didn’t know who to vote for, or didn’t think their one vote would make a difference. But in reality, their vote did. According to cnn.com, the results of race for Virginia’s 94th District House in 2017 came down to just one vote, and that one vote allowed Democrats to dissemble the Republican majority. A race that close could happen here, too, so make sure to do your duty and vote.