Today is National Voter Registration Day. People and organizations are hitting the streets today to register tens of thousands of voters across the country.
Early in 2012 (the last presidential election year), almost one in four eligible Americans was not registered to vote. The number of people age 18-29 who voted in the last presidential election actually decreased. And as you already know, when you don’t vote, you have no say in the future of this country and the laws that will impact your life.
Anyways, I won’t bore you with any more numbers about the dismal state of voter participation in America. Another presidential election is quickly approaching, so here are five reasons why you should get yourself registered:
1. Donald Trump. I don’t need to say anything else about this.
2. When you don’t vote, Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat get elected, get expelled from office, then file to run again, then…you control the outcome of that story.
3. People literally died so that you could vote.
4. I have over $34,000 in student loan debt. That’s higher than the national average, but on the low end compared to some people I know. Chances are you’re one of the 40 million other Americans like me who also has student loans. Maybe one day students won’t have to choose between foregoing college or being shackled with debt, maybe one day our loan payments will be more affordable, but NOT IF YOU DON’T VOTE!
5. The U.S. House Representatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood last Friday. I like having access to preventative care, so that I don’t get cancer, and contraception, so that I don’t get pregnant. One in five women rely on Planned Parenthood for those types of services. We can elect people that won’t keep trying to take away a woman’s ability to make their own reproductive decisions, but only if we vote.
There you have it, now go register to vote.