Thinking About Why You're Voting Is More Important Than Just Voting Blue

Thinking About Why You're Voting Is More Important Than Just Voting Blue

Even though I'm a registered Democrat, I researched every party's candidate for the upcoming election and you should do.


While I was filling out my absentee ballot for the upcoming midterm election, I decided to do some research about each candidate, no matter what party they belong to. I am a registered Democrat and I definitely would like to see more Democrats in all levels of government, but I couldn't shake the feeling that I should know what I'm voting for before I contribute to someone winning or losing office.

I went through each candidate to see where they stand on important issues; Democrat, Republican, Green, and even Libertarian. I ended up voting all Democrat anyway, though I considered the Republican option for state representative. That was the first time I could ever see myself voting Republican and I think that's an important lesson everyone needs to take away from this election.

Many people who decide to vote just choose candidates from whatever party they identify with. I know I did that for the primaries. I was a fresh 18-year-old, just excited to participate in the polls. I clicked random buttons that had "D" next to them even though I had no idea what those people were fighting for.

Every vote matters, and if you don't know what you're voting for, you're still contributing to that person's campaign. Maybe you are Republican and you agree with a lot of the party's stances on many issues, but what if that candidate you voted for was aiming to act in office on an issue you saw as unimportant? What if they saw things differently than most Republicans? You would never know if you don't do your research before supporting a politician.

Just because you come from the same party, doesn't mean you stand for the same issues. You are allowed to vote across parties and if you feel the need to, you shouldn't let your party label hold you back.

It is also important to know if you are voting for a career politician supported by corporations and big business or someone who is actually fighting for the people. There are corrupt politicians on both sides and I don't think anyone but the rich people that own those corporations and businesses want someone like that in office.

That's why you need to know what kind of person you are voting for, in addition to their party membership.

I encourage everyone to vote in this midterm election and in every election to come. This country has seen firsthand what happens when voter-turnout is low and even if you think your vote doesn't matter, it does.

If everyone decided not to vote, we get what the baby boomers want, and I don't think any of us young people want that. Young people are the future and we must take control of what is going to happen to this country and that starts with a vote.

Politicians at every level matter, from local to nationwide. The president doesn't do as much as everyone thinks so it is essential that we take the time to know who we are voting for in every election we have the opportunity to participate in. This country needs kind, upstanding citizens in office, and we are the only people who can get them there.

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I'm The College Girl Who Likes Trump And Hates Feminism, And Living On A Liberal Campus Is Terrifying

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.


I will get right to the point: being a conservative on a liberal college campus in 2019 downright terrifying.

At my university, I'm sure about 90% of the population, both students and faculty, are liberals. They are very outspoken, never afraid to express their views, opinions, and feelings in several ways. There are pride events for the LGBT community, a huge celebration for MLK day, and tons of events for feminists.

Then there's the minority: the conservatives. The realists. The "racists," "bigots," and "the heartless." I am everything the liberals absolutely despise.

I like Donald Trump because he puts America first and is actually getting things done. He wants to make our country a better place.

I want a wall to keep illegals out because I want my loved ones and me to be safe from any possible danger. As for those who are genuinely coming here for a better life, JUST FILL OUT THE PAPERWORK INSTEAD OF SNEAKING AROUND.

I'm pro-life; killing an infant at nine months is inhumane to me (and yet liberals say it's inhumane to keep illegals out…but let's not get into that right now).

I hate feminism. Why? Because modern feminism isn't even feminism. Slandering the male species and wanting to take down the patriarchy is just ridiculous.

I hate the media. I don't trust anyone in it. I think they are all biased, pathological liars. They purposely make our president look like the devil himself, leaving out anything good he does.

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.

I mostly keep my opinions to myself out of fear. When I end up getting one of my "twisted" and "uneducated" thoughts slip out, I cringe, waiting for the slap in the face.

Don't get me wrong; not everyone at my university is hostile to those who think differently than they do.

I've shared my opinions with some liberal students and professors before, and there was no bloodshed. Sure, we may not see eye to eye, but that's okay. That just means we can understand each other a little better.

Even though the handful of students and faculty I've talked to were able to swallow my opinions, I'm still overwhelmed by the thousands of other people on campus who may not be as kind and attentive. But you can't please everybody. That's just life.

Your school is supposed to be a safe environment where you can be yourself. Just because I think differently than the vast majority of my peers doesn't mean I deserve to be a target for ridicule. No one conservative does. Scratch that, NO ONE DOES.

I don't think I'll ever feel safe.

Not just on campus, but anywhere. This world is a cruel place. All I can do is stand firm in my beliefs and try to tolerate and listen to the clashing opinions of others. What else can I do?

All I can say is... listen. Be nice. Be respectful of other's opinions, even if you strongly disagree. Besides, we all do have one thing in common: the desire for a better country.

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Dear Young Voices Of America, Stand Up, Speak Up, And Do Something

Our time is now.


Dear young voices of America, I think we can both agree that we are sick of being told we are America's future while simultaneously being told our opinions don't matter. Now I personally do not listen to the people that tell me I'm better seen than heard; however, I know there are people that are a little timider when it comes to raising their voices. I am here to encourage you to be loud and speak up on topics that matter to you. There is no better time than the present to make your voice heard. Whether you are advocating for change in your school or the government, your opinion matters and is relevant.

We are the future of our country. How are we supposed to evoke change and reform if we can't have our voices heard? I call bullshit and I think it's time to take action. Even if you're the first or only person to advocate for your cause, be that person. Don't be afraid of anyone that tries to stand in your way. The only person that can stop you from speaking up for yourself and your cause is you. No matter how many nos you have to hear to get a yes or how many doors you have to knock on to get someone to open up, never give up. Never give up on your cause, never give up on yourself or the people you're representing, just don't do it. There is someone out there that supports you. Maybe they're just too shy to raise their voice too. Be encouraging and be supportive and get people to take a stand with you.

It is never too early or too late to start thinking about your future or to take action. But don't hesitate to say something. The sooner you start speaking up, the sooner you have people joining you and helping you, and the sooner you start to see and experience change. So get up, make that sign, write that letter, make that phone call, take part in that march, give that speech. Do whatever you feel fit to get your point across. Shout it from the rooftops, write it on your profile, send it in a letter, ignore everyone that tries to tell you to give up. Maybe they don't understand now, maybe they don't want to listen, maybe they're afraid to listen, but the more you talk about it and help them understand what exactly you are trying to get across, they will join you.

Even when it feels like you have nobody on your side but yourself, I am on your side. I will cheer you on, I will march with you hand in hand, I will write letters and make phone calls and help you find your voice. My life changed when I found my voice and yours will too.

So dear young voices of America, the time is now. Your time is now. Don't be afraid of the obstacles that you may have to face. Someone is out there waiting for you, waiting to grab your hand and march on with you. As Tarana Burke once said "Get up. Stand up. Speak up. Do something."

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