This past Homecoming Day at my school, I set up a table like I had the previous year trying to get the upcoming high school graduates registered to vote. Whether their political views agree with mine or not, I feel strongly that everyone should have the ability to vote in elections if they so choose. The right to vote is so incredibly powerful that subgroups of American society fought for decades for that right to be extended to them.
The outcome of my voter registration drive was stunning. Only fourteen students registered that day, compared to almost three times that number last year. When I asked students why they didn’t want to register to vote, their answers were always the same--either, “I don’t care about politics,” or “What’s the point? One vote won’t make a difference, anyway.” Perhaps they need to go back and study the 2000 presidential election--the year after which many of these students were born. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing--especially from female students. I reminded them about the 19th Amendment, and that women had fought for decades to earn that right, but my plea fell on deaf ears. They simply didn’t care enough about their own futures to spend five minutes completing a voter registration card. In their own words, “Whatever happens, will happen.”Read More