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Why voting matters

In the recent years, a question that proliferated among many of the younger generation has been “Does my vote really matter?”Many are under the impression that their individual vote will not change the course of elections, which, on the surface is true. Going through the difficulty of registering to vote and researching candidates, only to for the candidate or issue voted on not to be instated seems like a wasted effort for some and when the loss of the issue doesn’t immediately affect you, it is easy to wonder if what were are voting on truly matters. But I would like to argue the opposite, that your vote does matter, even if you don’t win the election.

Assuming that your choice not to vote doesn’t affect the result of election is blatantly false, the 2016 presidential election proved. The younger generation, 18-24 had the lowest turnout of all voters (46%), so older voters (who favored republican candidates) ultimately decided elections. Now imagine the same effect in local elections, who have a vastly smaller voting pool. There is only one way to solve this problem, and that is to convince others to vote.

Secondly, we cannot assume that the issues being voted on will not affect us. We at Littleton high school have the privilege of going to a well funded school, in a well funded district, in a state that values education. However things like the governor that will be elected in this midterm election, amendment 73 will have an effect on the funding we receive and the policies in our schools.  The same is true for issues like sanctuary cities, single payer healthcare, and the oil and gas industries.

So, I implore you to vote. Our future is worth the effort. The people around us are worth the effort. Get out there for the people in your community who need you allegiance, for issues you believe in, and for the future of our state and country, because at the end of the day, our future is decided by the people who show up.