I don’t know about any of you under 18-year-olds, but I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL I can vote! It’s one of those things that I have been looking forward to for such a long time. Despite MY dreams of voting, it’s surprisingly an under-discussed topic. Now more than ever, voting and getting EVERYONE to vote is important. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard someone say, “Yeah, I’ll be able to vote, but I don’t know if I want to”. This post is going to be all about why people say that, fixing those problems, why voting is important and giving you some educational resources. I also need to disclaim that I am going to talk about my own personal beliefs about certain incapable presidents, but the factual information is still important – to be even more clear, there are unbiased informational links at the bottom.
disclaimer: I understand that I am not the best person to be talking about this. While I have done a lot of research, I haven’t personally gone through the process. Please go through the resources and links throughout this post to see personal information for real people that may give you more insight into the importance and process of voting.
register. first off, if you are 18 years, (or want to do early registration at 17 years in some states), CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO VOTE.
it’s your right. First off, and probably the most obvious, it’s your right. It’s a right that was fought for and achieved by an entire war. Don’t waste what we, as a country spent such a long time fighting for. Think about the American Revolution. The 15th Amendment. The 19th Amendment.
it makes a difference. No matter how small you think one vote is to the final accomplishment, they all add up. We have the right to voice our opinions. This is just another form of that.
why is educating yourself important? The lack of knowledge is what leads to things like Donald Trump getting elected. You want to be the most educated you can so that you can make the decision you want to. Unbiased knowledge helps you form your own ideas so that they can be reliable and have the backing to them. There are so many resources out there made by people that want to help you, rather than manipulate you into false pretenses. Even though I have very strong, loud opinions, I still can respect everyone’s educated beliefs.
Puerto Rico. I couldn’t write a post about voting and not mention Puerto Rico. Quick facts, it’s a U.S. territory. You are a US citizen, who pays taxes but can’t vote. Click here to learn more about the origin and rights of the native Puerto Ricans.
electoral college. I don’t want to confuse anyone, so here is a great resource, that I recommend for learning about the electoral college. It gets mentioned a lot in the news because it can be a polarizing topic. (especially after the last presidential election).
what is voter suppression? An example is ads targeted only to caucasian people. Or the lack of knowledge spread in lower-income towns that restrict people from knowing how to vote. You can definitely see it in stats like these. The fact that people can have their voter registration taken away or put on hold, so that they aren’t valid for an election is very important. This is just a very brief
politico guide. This is one of the best resources for the upcoming democratic nominee election. I’ve used this as a guide multiple times and I think it’s a great way for people to understand everything. It shows all the remaining candidates, the topics in the debates, and it doesn’t use confusing language. Almost everything you need to know on one website. There’s also a lot of resources that dive deeper into specific topics within the. Click here to see this guide to the democratic candidates.
Click here to register to vote and learn more about voting.
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