Why the young voter is voting

In light of one of the most media-marketed presidential races of all time, I think it’s about time someone spoke up in regards to actually voting. Every day, and possibly even multiple times a day, you hear something about such-and-such or a new fact that can catapult the race into a new direction. Between the thickness of the media articles, videos, social media, and the educated opinions from colleagues and friends, it’s safe to say this race is an absolute mess.

Look, I’m no political expert or political guru when it comes to laying out the facts about who could potentially be the better president come January of next year. What I can say, however, is that many young adults don’t even vote. According to a U.S. Census [https://www.census.gov/prod/2014pubs/p20-573.pdf] in regards to young adult voting, “voting rates have dropped from 50.9 percent in 1964 to 38.0 percent in 2012.”

What’s discouraging you from voting?

Why? Is it that we simply do not have faith in the system anymore or that we don’t think our vote counts? Is it the matter of whether the media bombards our thoughts with constant rebuttal attacks or does our generation simply not care? What is keeping our generation from voting for the very thing that we have been talking about over the last several months and will continue to pick apart for months to come? What does it take to get us to the poll?

The answer to these questions, world, has been waiting to be asked. However, people have decided among themselves to make an educated guess on why and have taken it upon themselves to speak for us. “The youth this,” “the young adults that,” and “the young voter thinks this.” The reason this motive of understanding us will always fail comes back to a simple idea that you should, “never put the cart before the horse.” We may be young, but we were not born yesterday. You know what it takes to get us to the poll: to actually ask us and hear us out.

Support each other by speaking up

To all the young voters out there: I’m going to ask the question for everyone who has believed they have the answer: Why are you voting? We, the youth, have the power to change this world and one day will be the leaders. Oddly enough, Presidents and leaders of our future are among us and are in our generation learning and growing by our sides. We must harness that thought and come together as a nation to work together in sharing our voices to create a better future. Whatever the reason you are voting for is, stand up for it! Now is the time to speak up! We have the power to change this world and the process starts with us standing up for what we are voting for. We are the future and we have a voice, so let it be heard.

What is it that you are standing up for? I challenge you to use the hashtag, #ImVotingBc, and then write in why you are voting. This challenge will help others see the light in having a voice and will influence our generation to get out to the polls to share it. Everyone will have their eyes on us, the future leaders of America.

As Alexander Hamilton once said, “Those who stand for nothing, will fall for anything.”

Photo of Corey GearyCorey recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. While in college, Corey was very active with Pearson’s Campus Ambassador program. He also founded his own company, Mentor Buzz, a non-profit aimed at connecting students to mentors around the country through social media. Currently, Corey is a Publisher’s Representative at Pearson.