December 4, 2018

As high school students, we are able to register to vote beginning at the young age of seventeen. We must understand the importance of casting our vote and voicing our opinion to our country’s government. Whether it be the state or federal level, each elected official will affect our lives in positive or negative ways. Therefore, it is wise to cast the vote towards the candidate who shares your beliefs and basic principles.

In the past five years, we have seen close political races for the senate and presidential level. These elections should be a fitting example to us mainly because the victor has been determined by the smallest margin. In some cases, such as the election of the Florida senator, it has been so close that a recount was demanded to confirm if they had made an error in the counting of the votes. If Florida citizens had not casted their vote because they believed their voice did not matter, the elected senator would likely be different. Therefore, it is vital that if we are true to our beliefs, we must contribute to each election.

It is a humbling and nerve wracking experience to vote, especially for the first election that you are eligible. Therefore, if we are properly informed, it may make the process easier. For information on voting in the proper location according to your district as well as where you may go to become a registered voter, visit


“Voting is our right, but it is also our responsibility because if we don’t take the next step and elect leaders who are committed to building a better future for our kids, our rights to clean air, clean water, health, and prosperity are placed directly in harm’s way.”

– American, billionaire, philanthropist Tom Steyer

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