It’s voting season once again, and the pressure is on. Facebook, Twitter, and every other social networking site have the widespread encouragement to “get out and vote!” “Change is in your hands!” as well as suggestions of whom to vote for and personal opinions why. The question is, how much of an impact is this making on our young citizens? Are these young voters voting because they have a just knowledge of the candidates and truly are interested in their policies, or has voting become a “trend” that is causing these new voters to abuse the polls?
Our young society today is indeed, a very trendy one. From the Twilight series to Harry Potter, from Youtube, to Facebook, if a lot of people are talking about it, the higher demand there will be. In the sense of critical issues like voting, there is a line that could be crossed between this trendiness being a good or a bad thing. Young voters are becoming a very important part of our changes in society. In the past election, it was shown that the U.S. had the highest turnout of young voters yet. This is a wonderful thing. Young adults are taking charge of their country and exercising a right that has been fought for in past decades. A right that in many other countries, it is a priviledge that is only dreamed of. I can’t say enough how great it is to see so many young voters at the polls. I also cannot ignore this underlying concern of voting being a “trend” rather than something educated young citizens are doing for good.
I think that it is much worse to have voters walking into the polls, with no idea who their voting for or why, and voting for the candidates that they saw on a social networking site. As well as simply thinking, “Man…I don’t know any of these candidates…wait! I saw a sign for this one on the road, they must be a good choice!” Or just checking every Democratic, Republican, or Independent candidate on the sheet because, “All my friends are voting Democratic, so I should too or I’m not going to look good..” Rather, these voters shouldn’t be voting at all. It is everyone’s right to vote, but it’s also everyone’s responsibility to be educated in their vote, so that when those polls close, the people who are going to make changes for good are sitting in the seats instead of those who had enough money to advertise and win a popularity contest.
In every election situation, there are always candidates who make promises that never get fulfilled, candidates that wind up “going bad” halfway through their term, and even the people who are educated in their voting decisions are sometimes surprised and disappointed by these candidates. But as long as you did your homework, its no ones fault that you put trust into a candidate and they didn’t go through with all their plans. In all actuality, some terms are far too short to fulfill the goals of ambitious candidates. All in all, these men and women of our government are being trusted to do the best they can with what they have to make our society better for everyone.
As long as everyone does their homework, makes educated votes, and our candidates fulfill their promises, we can look forward to an awesome next term. I just pray that young voters are smart about their votes this year and avoid the latest trend influences being bestowed upon them in society. Good luck, and happy voting!