“I’m not going to vote.” From millennial groups, this is somewhat of a common phrase to be heard, especially with the 2016 presidential election coming up. The reasons are varied: some don’t know the candidates well enough, some are alienated by politics, and some think that they’ll mess up the country by casting their vote. But it’s a double-edged sword, isn’t it?
I did some research online to see if I could find out exactly why the younger individuals in the country do not like to be actively involved or have a firm understanding of politics.
Most websites said that this particular age group does not want to affiliate specifically with one political party, or feel that their own problems are ignored by the parties; some aren’t interested in politics so they don’t become involved.
It’s paradoxical and a vicious cycle. Millennial problems are ‘ignored’, but if millennial individuals don’t go vote or make their voices heard, their problems will be buried even deeper underneath the issues that are focused on, or perhaps the problem isn’t major enough to be a nationwide concern at the moment.
Individuals who don’t have an interest in politics still say that their voices aren’t heard – and that’s because they aren’t using their voices. Perhaps those who can’t affiliate with one specific party could register as Independent and vote for whoever they think would do the job best.
This millennial group doesn’t participate in politics nearly as much as other age groups: only about 41 percent of registered voters between the ages of 18 and 24 voted in the 2012 election.
However, it’s crucial to mention that this country will, sooner or later, be wholly in their hands. If you’re a millennial and you think the country is in bad shape, but you don’t want to get involved…someday, you’re going to have to, if you want your voice to be heard and for the country to change in any way, shape, or form.
Another argument presented is that ‘it takes too much time to be involved in politics’. In this era of technology, that argument is somewhat null and void. I can catch up on the newest GOP debate just by clicking into a few news outlet links the day after, all of which are found under Facebook’s trending tab.
You should have a very, very solid understanding of the presidential candidates before you’re standing in the voting booth, but by following media outlets on Facebook and taking a second to read the articles they post can do wonders.
The groups whose problems are ignored by the presidential candidates should concern themselves more widely with the country’s problems; maybe a presidential candidate’s agenda could, one way or another, or in different ways, connect with their problems. If enough of a group doesn’t vote or make their opinions or voices heard, nobody’s going to be able to see statistics, trends, or be able to accommodate for these opinions.
A campaign agenda cannot and will not focus on something rather unbeknown to the candidates.
Point is: if millennial individuals don’t vote because the current candidates don’t focus on their problems, future candidates won’t know about the group’s problems either.
If you know enough about a presidential candidate to think they’d make a good president, then vote. If you don’t know anything about any of the presidential candidates, then take a few minutes from your social media time to research such dry topics; your country may thank you.
It’s easier now, what with the Republican candidate pool slimming down and the Democratic pool down to just a few to begin with. Of course, don’t let your own single issue eclipse those of our country’s. Finally: vote savvy, my friends.