Your voice counts: Why everyone should vote

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Published in the Aug. 24, 2016 of The Bells

Two candidates have officially been chosen to run for the office of the presidency-Republican nominee billionaire Donald Trump and Democrat nominee Senator Hillary Clinton.
But despite having devout followers, these candidates might not see very many people come to the voting booths this November.
Due to Hillary’s email scandal and Trump’s notorious outspoken attitude, it seems like many Americans are contemplating whether or not they should vote at all.
According to www.americancla.org, 40 to 50 percent of Americans are projected to skip the voting booths in November. Many of these apathetic voters are millennials
But despite the statistics, it is important to vote, whether you’re a Hillary or Trump supporter.
For this election you are not only electing the next president, you’re also deciding the fate of the Supreme Court. Half of the Supreme Court officials are expected to retire in the next four years.
Currently, there is an even number of conservatives and liberals. But this could change once the new president chooses the new judges.
And once the judges have been chosen they are in office for life.
You may think your vote doesn’t count, but it does. It’s anybody’s race. According to the New York Times, as of this printing, Hillary leads Trump 43 percent to 38 percent.
Those who don’t vote will determine the outcome of the election more than those who do vote.
And if you are thinking of foregoing your right to vote, think about the generations before us who didn’t even have the chance to cast their ballot. Before 1920, more than half the population of America couldn’t vote simply because they were women.
This means that the great or great-great grandmothers of today’s millennials (the same millennials who aren’t voting) weren’t allowed to vote for part of their lifetime.
Today anyone can vote no matter their race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.
But even though we all have the opportunity to vote doesn’t mean we should do so blindly.
It’s equally important to do your research and find out where each candidate stands. Don’t just vote the same way as your parents or friends. because it’s not their vote, it’s yours
Even if you’re not too crazy for either candidate, one of them is going to be elected to be the next President of the United States for the next four years, so make your vote count. Whether it’s Trump, Hillary, or another candidate, it’s up to the American people to make the choice.

Author: Lauren Lum

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