Youth in Politics: Are New Voters Taking Advantage of Their Rights?

Turning 18 is a big day for just about everyone. It is at this point that you become an adult and are now a fully-fledged member of society, with all the rights and responsibilities that come with it. But not everyone takes full advantage of the new rights they receive.

At the age of 18 U.S. citizens gain many rights one of which is the right to vote. However, only about 45 percent of 18-20 year olds actually vote.

One of the greatest things anyone can ever do is vote because it gives them a voice in everything they do. The fact that someone who is capable of voting would abstain from doing it is irresponsible. While many may have reasons as to why they wouldn’t vote, such as they don’t like either side, I find it highly unlikely that 55 percent of 18-20 year olds do not vote for that reason.

Voting is essential for any republic such as ours to operate. It allows politicians and public officials to make decisions that benefit society.  Unfortunately, politicians cannot read minds and they aren’t going to start anytime soon. In order for society to operate at its best everyone needs to vote, one way or another.

Granted, without being properly educated, your vote is not very beneficial. However, as an 18 year old it is not only your right but also your responsibility to vote. So, take time to learn what’s currently going on in politics, flip on the television, radio or even just talk to your parents or history teacher. With all the access we get to news today through the internet, there is really no reason as to why you shouldn’t have an idea about what’s going on.

So whether it’s voting on legalizing a drug or picking the future leader of this nation, vote. It is your right and responsibility to vote, so go out there and act like the real American you are.

Written by Michael Andrews

Michael Andrews was born on September 15th 1996 in Boulder, Colorado. At the age of two he moved with his family to San Diego, California. He joined the MC Sun newspaper during junior year and became the editor of the opinions section, starting his senior year. He enjoys many hobbies including model building, role-play gaming and anime.