🏛🗳 REACH out and VOTE 🗳🏛 The UnifiEd Student Voice Team Blog About Voting
Why do I think voting is important? Simply put, I am the next generation that voting affects. Who voters decide to put in power will affect me for the rest of my life. With the removal of rights from...
myself and those around me in this current administration, I have firsthand seen the damage that voting neglect has done to the most vulnerable members of our country. In addition to removing certain civil rights (especially in LGBT and immigrant communities comes the threat of Climate Change. As a country, we have seen rollbacks on regulations that would help slow climate change, such as the Paris Climate Accord. All in all, I can easily say that who we vote for affects our futures.
As a person who is a part of the LGBT community, my rights are at stake in each and every election, along with every other LGBT American. Voting, to me, determines my safety in everyday life. Who is written on that ballot decides if someone is encouraged to harm me or where I will need to hide away in fear of possible harm. I have personally seen other LGBT students, and more specifically, LGBT students of color voicing their concern for what tomorrow may look like. Hiding is a painful way to live, and so incredibly nerve-racking to understand that a member of the public neglecting their right to vote may result in my best friend not receiving the medical care needed because she is transgender. I know I am not the only one, andI will never be the only one these decisions affect.
Because of these reasons, voting is essential to me. So when you are voting, I want you not to think of what grievances you have with the politicians you were handed, rather think of 16 year olds like me across the country who will be affected by your choices.I keep at least some hope in my heart that this election season will bring about change. Despite this hope, I am painfully aware that if Americans neglect their right to vote, I, along with many others, will continue to be unfairly targeted. Remember us, do not tune out our voices, turn to your most vulnerable members of your community, and have compassion this election. Happy voting.