Young People Must Vote

Posted on August 9, 2016

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While growing up in the 1950s, I could not wait to turn 21 so I could vote on issues and candidates of the day. I have voted in every election since 1956.

In 1952, I was on my high school debate team and took Adlai Stevenson while my opponent took Dwight Eisenhower, and I looked at both candidates so I knew as much about the one as I did the other. This debate taught me to study the candidates on ballots.

I am pleased that so many young people turned out to support Senator Bernie Sanders, and I try to tell young adults your vote is important. Not being interested in politics is not a good excuse. You have a civic duty to vote. It is a shame that too many older adults fail to go to the polls and vote.

By voting, that is how you make a difference in society.

Your particular issue or candidate may not win, but at least having educated yourself about the candidates or an issue can later serve to determine if you were right or wrong and how to be a better-informed voter next time around.

It is not too late to study the candidates and issues running in the November General Election. Mark November 8 down and vote.

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