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Happy primary day!

It feels like it has been said a lot, but in this case, it really is true: this is one of the most important elections ever. As we have seen over the course of the last year, the government, whether it be at a local, state or national level, has been incredibly divisive and has proved to be a trying time for many.

And with that, we encourage you to vote. Get out there and vote.

Young voters have notoriously neglected the voting booths in the past. Not only that, but young voters have neglected the importance of voting as well. However, their voices – our voices – are important on every side of the political spectrum.

The key issues in every election relate to and reflect the concerns of people our age. Whether it be freedom of speech, same sex marriage, gun control, marijuana legalization or gender equality, these issues largely impact us.

It is essential for members within and around our age group to educate themselves on political issues, whether it be a few or a dozen, and take to the polls.

We always seem to hear that young people are disillusioned about government, or that their voices don’t really matter. We are told to be responsible, but then are encouraged not to vote.

You remember the good old days (or just a week ago), when you wished your parents wouldn’t tell you what to do, or try to influence what you studied in school. Voting is a fantastic way to not only show off your independence, but to make your voice heard and give you the power to make important decisions.

And this is true: your voice truly does matter. Every voice matters.

According to U.S. News, young people represent a major political force. 49 million young people, between the ages of 18 and 29, are eligible to vote in the country – this is more than 45 million eligible seniors.

If Republican nominee Mitt Romney had secured a simple 50 percent of the youth vote in just four states, he would have been the next President of the United States instead of Barack Obama.

Just look at the March for Our Lives movement; our youth has finally said “time’s up.” Children, teenagers and young adults are choosing to not stand in silence any longer.

And remember: If you choose not to vote, you basically waive your right to complain. 

Don’t waive it. Follow what is going on in the news. Make decisions for yourself. And when election day comes around, like today, cast your ballot. No matter where you stand in politics, your voice should be and will be heard. 

Editorial policy is determined by the student editor, and views expressed in editorials are those of the majority of The Vidette’s Editorial Board. Columns that carry bylines are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Vidette or the University.

 

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