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In a country where it really doesn’t matter, why should you vote? (Photo courtesy Pixabay, credits to mohamed_hassan)

In a country where it really doesn’t matter, why should you vote? (Photo courtesy Pixabay, credits to mohamed_hassan)

Photo courtesy Pixabay, credits to mohamed_hassan

Photo courtesy Pixabay, credits to mohamed_hassan

In a country where it really doesn’t matter, why should you vote? (Photo courtesy Pixabay, credits to mohamed_hassan)

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Why vote? It doesn’t matter. As Millennials and members of Generation Z grow older, we are constantly told that it is our civic duty to vote, but if voter participation is as bad as it seems, how come the U.S. is growing? Sure, data shows that in the 2016 election, only about 58.1% of voting aged citizens did vote. In South Carolina, of the 3,153,521 citizens who were registered to vote, only 2,133,381 actually did. But if the voting situation was as bad as it seemed, why wouldn’t more people vote?

Why vote? The current voter participants represent us just fine. In the 2016 presidential election, of the 137.5 million voters, 67.9 (49.4%) were made up of Baby Boomer votes and older generations’ votes; the rest of the votes were made by Gen X and Millennials. Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation make up about 28% of the overall population, so they’re clearly the perfect group of people to vote on the candidate who will represent the entire nation! They’re also the oldest group of citizens, so clearly their views are always the best for our ever-growing country. The other 47% of voting aged citizens just have to deal with the facts, they don’t bother voting, so clearly the current voter participants represent them perfectly. Right?

Why vote? The demographics show that generally, the candidates have a 50/50 chance of winning. The last five Electoral College results show that it is so close, that in two of the last five elections, the candidates only won because they had a slight majority in the Electoral College while the other candidate had a slight majority in the popular vote. That’s two out of four presidents who won because of slight differences in the vote. It’s okay though. That’s how the process was designed. It’s supposed to be so close because then we have a 50% chance for either party to be represented, even if that doesn’t represent how the parties are actually divided in our nation.

Why vote? Millennials are becoming the largest voter demographic anyway. This last election, the number of eligible Millennial voters was about 62 million, second only to the Baby Boomer’s 70 million. As Millennials get closer and closer to being the largest voting generation, obviously they should control the election as the largest voting demographic should, just like Baby Boomers did before them. Like we’ve seen before, the largest voting demographic has the country’s best interests at heart, so they’ll represent us well.

Why vote? The largest generation who votes on the issues of our nation are representative of our nation throughout history. It doesn’t matter what side you’re on, this happens all the time. Low voter turnouts always happen. In 1828, only about 58% of voting age citizens showed up to the election, and only 56% of those people voted for Andrew Jackson, yet he won. Once again, a clear a demonstration of how elections should work. In 1912, Woodrow Wilson only got 42% of the popular vote, but he won.

Everything about the United States voting crisis is mitigated when you take a second and look at the facts. There’s no voting crisis, there’s just people who think that by not voting, you’re committing some sort of crime.

So, why vote? Because it does matter.

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