Why is voting important?

Why is voting important?

Baylen Quintana-Blea, Reporter

The midterm elections take place every four years, two years after the presidential election. Most young people do not even know what the midterm elections are, so that brings up the obvious question. What are the midterm elections?

The midterm elections vote on all 435 seats in the House of Representatives while only 35 seats of the 100 seats of the senate (senates serve 6 years, thus only some amount of people have to be voted in each year). Also, 36 state governors will also be help open for election during the midterm. Certain parties always look to “flip” states during the midterms, meaning that they are trying to get the state to vote majority one party over the other.  

The voter turnout for the midterm elections is comparatively low to the presidential elections, most likely because not very many people know about them. Even though the election is not Presidential, it is still very important to vote in because it still has a very impact on our country and how it is run. To specify, why is it important for young people to vote?

For people that turned 18 before the end of October will be included in their very first election they can legally vote in. They will have a say in how our government is run, and how it is going to be run in the future. It is an opportunity to express your opinion in a major way. Young voters are among half of the political population and getting politically involved early on is an easy way to become politically knowledgeable later on in life. What happens in our government effects each and every American and being impacted by that is enough reason to use your vote this coming election.

Millennials and Generation Z, people born between 1981 and 2000, represent more of the voting population than Baby boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, for the first time. Voting this election would be wise because if young people decide not to vote, the voter turnout will be low which and overruled by elder generations.

The voter turnout in young people every midterm election is expected to be low each year, but hopefully this year young voters will use one of the innate rights that their ancestors have fought for: liberty. Everyone is impacted by the elections and will once have a say on how it is going to go, vote wisely.