I wasn’t excited to turn 18 for the clubs, although that is how I celebrated. No, I was excited to register to vote. Seeing Obama’s inauguration three years prior really showed me the power of a vote.
66% of Americans under age 30 voted for Obama, putting him into office. His election also saw the largest youth voter turnout in history! That doesn’t mean you have to vote for Obama. Many people I know will be casting their vote for Romney on Election Day.
It’s not about who you vote for. It’s just about you learning about the candidates, assessing how their policies will affect you and your desires for the country, and then getting up and casting that vote. You even get an awesome sticker. There is nothing better than feeling as if your voice matters (why do you think we started Talkback4teens!?). You can have an effect in your community by deciding how much funding your school gets. Nationally, when gas prices increase or decrease depending on the environmental policies you root for; and even internationally, when you decide if Egypt needs our money, and how long we stay in the Middle East.
All of us are influenced by these policies. I saw how much the environment mattered when it cost me an additional $15 dollars just two weeks later to fill up my gas tank. Plus, with family overseas, I would like for them to come home unharmed. But you don’t have to agree, maybe you think the Middle East needs us. If you do, then you better register to vote, because Obama wants to bring them home!!
So, register to vote! It’s free, and may even cost you $15 a few months from now. Voter registration deadline for the presidential elections is October 12th.