Voting is important for everybody, and so is information

September 18, 2012

By Veronica Austin

Hall Monitor
Veronica Austin
Liberty High School

As a senior in high school, I know that many of my peers will be eligible to vote in the coming election. Needless to say this is a marvelous thing — the exercising of our democratic rights is something we all ought to be eager to do — but I have one question: Who are they voting for?

Many may have already decided on their choice in the presidential race (with only two candidates to choose from, and a seemingly endless campaign having already made the respective platforms fairly clear) but what about the state gubernatorial race? Who should we choose to be our representatives in Congress? Can we even name the candidates for state senate?

I strongly believe that everyone who can vote should do so, but the idea that we are voting without being truly informed is worrisome. The brightly colored signs proclaiming “John Johnson for Town Council!” are everywhere I turn. Commercials denouncing this candidate or that play incessantly during reruns of “Friends.” But these things are biased. How am I to know which one is really in my best interest to vote for?

In this day and age, we have so much access to information, and it is absolutely necessary that not only those turning 18 but every voter capitalize on it this November.

And for those of us turning 18 — on the brink of college and the so-called Real World — this election is critical. We are mere months away from thousands in student loan debt, having to find jobs to support our Ramen noodle-based diets, taking a newer, bigger and better role in our society; what better way to kick that off than by electing people who will truly represent what we value and give us what we need?

Every vote counts, and that of a high school student is no exception. I hope that all my peers will take advantage of the right we have and choose to vote in an informed manner, not just for themselves, but because this election matters to all of us.

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