The importance of voting

“Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.” –Susan B. Anthony

Within our society, we struggle with a wide range of issues that many people have opinions on. Voting is an essential part of making your voice heard. According to a 2020 New York Times article, “Fewer than half of Americans 18 to 29 voted in the 2016 presidential election.” This lack of participation by young people is an issue that should not be overlooked. As high schoolers, we have a responsibility to prepare for when the day comes when we are able to vote. Voting is a privilege that a lot of people have fought for, and voting is an essential part of protecting democracy.

You can register to vote if you are 18 by Nov. 8, 2022, the midterm general election date. And you are eligible to vote in the Illinois primary elections on June 28, 2022. To register, you need to be a US citizen with two forms of ID (Illinois driver’s license, State ID, or the last four digits of your social security number). You can register at https://ova.elections.il.gov/ and by clicking “Register to Vote or Update an Existing Registration” at the bottom of the page.

This message is brought to you by Youth Action and Civics club. Join us Fridays after school in room 3343 if you’re interested in sharing your voice!

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