Who will be the next US President?
Who will be our next president? While you might not be our next U.S. president (at least not yet) you, the voter, still have a say in the matter. We’ve been told that it’s our democratic duty to select our local and national representatives because it impacts nearly every aspect of our lives! But, if this is true, why is it that many young people choose not to vote? Reputable websites such as Fairvote.org hold that, “From 1972 to 2012, citizens 18-29 years old turned out at a rate 15 to 20 points lower than citizens 30 year and older.”
Many young people have said they don’t know enough about the candidates, the issues, or even how to vote. Some have argued that voting is worthless because the system is “too corrupt” or that it only represents the majority (at least 51%), leaving minorities unheard. This becomes more problematic with decreased participation in elections. “Never has more than half of the population cast a vote in a presidential election” (Fairvote.org). This is saying that there has always been a LARGER proportion of citizens who DO NOT vote than those who do choose to participate. Knowing this, why wouldn’t you be interested in voting?
We can create positive change one vote at a time, as it is our right!
The Division of Student Affairs at RIT has purchased a voter registration platform, TurboVote, and is sponsoring a cutting-edge campaign, led by the Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement, intended to educate RIT students on the voting process. In order for advancement towards a brighter future, it is our right and duty to UNITE and ROAR THE VOTE!
To get started, visit the Roar the Vote website!
Voter Turnout - Fairvote. (n.d.). Retrieved July 07, 2016, from http://www.fairvote.org/voter_turnout#voter_turnout_101