In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard's vote.” ― David Foster Wallace
Voting, and especially youth voting, is incredibly important. It is truly one of the best - and easiest - ways to voice an opinion in a time where, for young people, it feels like our voices are worth nothing. And, if we don’t vote, they basically are.
New York has historically suffered from low voter turnout - In the 2016 election, only about 50% of the nation’s voters aged 18-29 voted, and New York was ranked 41st in the nation for voter turnout, with only 57% of the voting age population casting ballots. In the 2013 mayoral election, the youth voter turnout was a shameful 11%. With these abysmal numbers, the students of NY have no hope of making our voices heard.
If you are worried or upset about the direction of our country, voting is your chance to make a difference both for yourself and for those around you. Below are some issues that YOUR VOTE can have an impact on.