Your Vote Matters

November 2, 2016 | More Tips

Every Vote Heading CIt’s days before the final ballots are cast for the next president. The leaders and policies you vote for now could have an influence on your life today and after college. No matter how evident or subtle, changes happen based on citizens who head to the polls.

That’s why your vote matters. It’s your voice, your way of standing up for what you believe in and who you think can help move the United States in a positive direction.

 Other reasons why your vote matters:

  • The results of the 2000 presidential elections between then Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George W. Bush hinged on a difference of just a few hundred votes from Florida. The 537 voters who determined the final results knew that their ballot mattered, and so should you.
  • Topics that concern you, the college student, are not the same as Baby Boomers or senior citizen. Whether it’s student loan rates, educational standards, or college admission policies, who else is more qualified to vote on these issues than those currently experiencing the implications of such initiatives?
  • Millennial voters account for roughly 69 million people in this election. Your vote can make a difference when banded with others in your demographic.
  • By not voting, you are still making a choice. You are allowing others who are willing to let their voice be heard (whether you agree with them or not) to make the choice for you.

Cast Your Vote

  • Check if you’re registered to vote and that the address is updated.
  • Make sure to research your candidates. Most candidates have their own websites, which will provide information on where they stand on certain issues.
  • It’s also crucial to read carefully through the amendments found on the ballots. Pay attention to the wording. Before you decide yes or no, research each argument ahead of time.
  • If you’re doing early voting or voting by mail, find out your precinct.
  • Take proper identification with you.

See you at the polls!

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