The midterm 2018 elections day is approaching. The midterm elections are held every four years, near the halfway of president’s four-year term of office. Midterm elections will be held on November 6th when Americans are to elect one-third of all US senators and all 435 members of the US House of Representatives. 33 of the 100 seats in the Senate are contested in regular elections and two seats are contested in special elections.
In order to be eligible to fill out the voter registration application you need to know the election basics: voting age in the US is 18 years and older and a person needs to meet their state’s residency requirements. If you don’t know your state’s requirements, please, find them here.
You will see that most of the states allow you to register online, but if you prefer, you can also register to vote at the local or state board of elections office. However, if you live in North Dakota, then you don’t have to register at all. This state is the only one that doesn’t require registration prior to voting. Make sure you know the deadlines for registration.
Keep in mind that if you live in one of the following twelve states, you can’t register online:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- South Dakota
It is also possible that one registers for voting in person up to Election Day in the following states:
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
If you wish to cast your ballot before November 6th, it’s possible in some states. Also, if you want to vote online, you can simply type “how to register to vote online” into Google and it will lead you to where you need to begin voting.
It’s crucial to have young voters
Ken Lucianin thinks that it’s a fact that young people don’t realize or neglect the importance of voting. It’s crucial that everyone understands the reasons why young people should vote. Predominantly, voter turnout in the US is lower than in most other established democracies. In recent elections, the turnout rates were the following: about 60% of the voting eligible population votes during presidential election years, and about 40% votes during midterm elections.
We’ve identified 9 most compelling reasons why young people should vote:
Young people are a powerful voting force
There is almost an equal number of young voters or millennials and baby boomers for this year’s midterm elections. This is why young voters can be an extremely powerful and influential voting force. It’s a fact that baby boomer electorate is decreasing in size and soon, young voters will take over and become the largest group of electorates in the United States. But, there is a problem with people who, for some reasons, will not cast their ballot. As a matter of fact, according to a recently conducted poll, only 28 percent of young people, aged 18 to 29, are “absolutely certain” they will vote in the election in 2018.
Older citizens are more likely to vote
It’s useful to know what percentage of young people vote so it can be compared with 74 percent of seniors who will vote. This is the actual problem. Many researchers in the US are attempting to discover diverse ways to get young people to vote.
Every vote counts and can make a difference
One of the most common reasons why young people don’t participate in elections is because they have a feeling their vote isn’t important, that it doesn’t make any difference, Ken Lucianin believes. This is the reason why youth turnout percentage has been low over the years. However, every vote counts and perhaps the best example is Barack Obama’s victory in 2008. He was exceptionally popular among young voters and that’s what helped him triumph over his competitors in a number of strategic states.
The great recession hit young people the hardest
Everyone knows that the great recession in the late 2000s was particularly hard on youth. Although they managed somehow to find their way to the new economy, there are still issues that are as important as they were 10 years ago. Younger voters need to go out there and vote because there’s no one else who will vote in their interest except themselves.
Younger voters are a diverse group
Millennials are a group of people that are very diverse and they are expected to question the two-party political system. They may express the need for additional parties that they think might be suitable in representing their needs.
Vote early, vote often
The election history has shown that young people in the US, with the right to vote, haven’t been exercising that right every time they could. People have to understand that voting needs to become a lifelong habit, so it’s crucial to start early and continue voting at every election. This way you can elect people who will represent the needs of people of any age.
Being an educated voter is easy
In today’s world when everything revolves around technology, you can’t say you don’t have the means to get to know the candidates. Using social media is one of the ways to get young people to vote. Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, and candidates’ websites are there for voters to learn all the information prior to the Election Day. Even Donald Trump, who won 2016 presidential elections, is pretty active on Twitter.
The youth can influence the elections’ result
Youth vote matters, more than you realize. Again, Barack Obama’s 2012 victory demonstrates the importance of voting. He won 67% of the youth vote in crucial states and proved to be more popular than Mitt Romney.
It may not affect you now, but it might in four years
Electing politicians who will represent you in the next four years is important. You may think it doesn’t affect your life at the moment, but in the next four years, it will. Many millennials will face changes in their lives such as paying for insurance, looking for a full- time job, buying a house, going to college, starting a business. All of these changes may influence the way they perceive politics. November 6th is your chance to speak up and give your vote to someone who you think will do the best job in representing your needs.
There’s a sharp focus on young voters in every state. It’s crucial that youth wakes up, registers for voting and casts a ballot on November 6th. Take advantage of your right to vote and make a difference; give support to politicians that will create a future that aligns with your beliefs and needs.