Does it feel like election day is still ages away? It’s not; in fact, early voting began for half of the country this week. And for half of the country, if you’re not yet registered in just two weeks, you’ll lose the chance to vote entirely. That’s what happened to 6 million Americans in 2008; this year, we’re participating in National Voter Registration Day to help make sure you’re not left out.
If you’re in the US, you should see the button above on your Dashboard; click it to register through our friends at Our Time.
No matter how you feel about politics, remember that your vote has the power to make a difference for at least one critical candidate or ballot measure on your ticket. If you don’t participate in the voting booth, you allow others to make important decisions for you.
I’ve had the ability to vote/register to vote for almost 2 years now and I still haven’t even registered because I have no idea what to put down for “Political Affiliation” and I feel like this just isn’t some rash decision you make because you’re tired of your friends poking fun at the fact you still aren’t registered. AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO, EVEN WHEN I SPEND 23 MINUTES STARING AT MY SCREEN THINKING ABOUT IT.
This generation is the largest and most diverse in recent history, and has the power to move us forward this November. And there’s never been more at stake for the issues that matter to young people: voting rights, education, immigration, the environment, reproductive rights, and beyond.
Elections matter, and if you don’t participate, you can’t complain. Don’t miss out on the chance to stand up for the issues you care about: Register, spread the word, and vote!
Every year is an election year! Besides the primaries in early 2016, there are important local and municipal ballots that need your penmarks and punches this November. Don’t miss your chance to make a difference. Register today.
In honor of National Voter Registration Day, I’ll say two things. One, apparently were aren’t worse about voting than the Boomers were at our age. And two, we need to be much, much better.
In 2008, the voter turnout among people aged 44-62 was 69%. Among people aged 18-28, it was only 51%. And that was the peak year for our generation. In 2010 and 2014 (midterm elections that young voters are notorious for ignoring), that percentage dropped to less than 25%. It is not a coincidence that Republicans took back the Senate and increased their hold on the House in 2014.
If we don’t vote, we have no one to blame but ourselves for what happens next. So take a minute today to make sure you’re registered to vote. Ask your friends if they’re registered. If they aren’t, show them how easy it is.
We are the largest generation, and we have the power to dictate where our country goes from here. It’s just a question of whether or not we use it.