If you turn on your television or radio, open up Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you are guaranteed to see something about Donald Trump and/or Hillary Clinton.
This 2016 election is one that will go down in history, indefinitely. A criminal and a bully-billionaire are going head-to-head for the position to lead our country from the Oval Office and will gain the responsibility to appoint the newest supreme court justices. This will affect our futures and our family's futures tremendously.
Many millennials feel that it is pointless to vote in this election because "their vote doesn't matter," "it's only one vote," or "both options are worthless." Listen up, folks. It does matter and every individual vote will add up quickly. Those votes could make or break this election, no matter what side you're on.
I asked a few millennials if they would be voting this year and asked for their reasoning, as well. Here's what they said:
"We are blessed that we have a chance to vote for our leaders. We could be like Venezuela, and have a major government take over. They both have flaws. They both have messed up. I will not let fear of picking the wrong person defer me away from voting. I will vote for America's future. I will vote for my future. I will vote for my kids and grandkids. I'm proud that I'm American. Just because we don't get our way, doesn't mean we should hide. I'm going to take what's there and run with it." Wyatt Spigener, voting.
"A penny makes a dollar a dollar. A single vote can determine our future as a nation. We have freedom to vote, just as we have freedom to choose Jesus or not." Caitlyn Sailor, voting.
Daniel Slusser said he would not be voting.
"Before you judge whether or not I am taking my freedom to vote seriously or not, I would like to say that my absence of voting is coming from my responsibility as a citizen. I feel as though if I were to vote for whichever candidate, and then maybe the horrors of each candidate were to actually come, I wouldn't want to feel responsible for that. I choose not to vote because I don't want to feel responsible."
Zac Tyson says he would be voting, except he regretfully forgot to register, so he cannot. He still had an opinion to share on the matter, though.
"God's not going to hold you responsible for whatever each candidate does. His judgment will be based on their acts alone. He's going to put into office whoever is supposed to be there to work for His purpose and plan. Whatever you do or whoever you vote for, you're not going to be blamed as an individual for what they do, they are. It's not bad if you don't vote, but it's still important to [vote]."
As citizens of the United States, we have the right and the freedom to vote. Voting in a presidential election, especially, is a privilege as well as a responsibility. Some choose to use that, some do not.
I encourage all of you, millennials. Get out and vote. This is a crucial election, and your vote does matter.
Trump or Clinton. Pence or Kaine. Pick one. Vote for them.