Importance of Voting

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. But more specifically speaking, why is it important for young people to vote? There is one simple and easy answer. For people that turned 18 before the end of October, this will be their very first election that 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. Also, Millennials and Generation  Z represent more of the voting population than Baby-boomers for the first time, so voting this election would be wise because the young people now outnumber the old people and if young people decide not to vote, then the voter turnout will be low which is not good. The voter turnout in young people every midterm election is expected to be low each year, but hopefully by reading this you would have changed your mind and consider using one of the rights that your ancestors have fought for. Even if you do not realize it, everyone is impacted by the elections and you have a say on how it is going to go, so use your vote wisely.