Excercise that Vote – Its Part of Adulting

18 Year Olds Want Their Voices Heard

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Excercise that Vote – Its Part of Adulting

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Younger people are notoriously bad at turning out to vote. In fact, according to the U. S. Census data, only 43 percent of 18 to 24-year-old citizens reported having voted in the last presidential election. This is by far the lowest of any age group. But in the recent May midterm elections here in Ohio, many new voters showed up.

Some Lancaster High School seniors went to the polls for the very first time this month to vote on a number of issues that affect their community. Many more will vote in the next presidential election and exercise their constitutional right to vote for government leaders who will dictate the kind of future they desire.

LHS senior Clarence Blaisdell says he has given a lot of thought to the kind of leaders that he wants to see in high positions.

“I value a leader who does not have prejudice towards minorities and is educated on issues,” he said.

“It’s important to me to have a young, informed, accepting and compassionate president. Older politicians, even with good policies, do not represent our country in the correct way.”

 

LHS senior, Tyler Stump is ready to vote.

18-year old Jon Hunt, also a senior at LHS, says he is more than ready to choose a leader for the country.

“I’m excited that I can finally have a say in elections and state issues,” he said.

“I want someone who is willing to try and teach others or at least make an attempt. Someone who is also confident in the plans and know what they are doing and what they are going to do.”

Not all new voters think age is important in the next presidential election in 2020. Some think experience outweighs age.

“I am not fully educated on all candidates yet, but I do not agree with the way Trump has run the country,” said LHS senior Tyler Stump.

“I prefer candidates such as Sanders and Biden due to their experience in the political field.”

Some younger voters also say that the candidates whose position on certain issues will get their votes.

First-time voter, Allison Costanzo, LHS senior.

“I value someone who cares about the environment, the civilians in the country, and is willing to make sacrifices for the greater good.”

Having the right to vote is a defining moment in a new adult’s life. The opportunity to speak up about controversial topics and having the chance to be a part of something greater than themselves is an honor.   Allison Costanzo said she realizes the importance of exercising her vote.

“I feel important and ready to make a difference for our country.” She looks for “empathy” in a leader and hopes to contribute to positive change in the future.