With the election coming up just around the corner, many students have been starting to think about voting. Voting is an important right in our country and for many of our Keene students this election will be their first time to cast their vote. As a new voter, you may have some questions about the process or wonder if your vote really matters. Students have busy lives and may even think voting can’t fit into their schedule.
We all have heard the saying but it’s true, every vote counts. There have been several elections where the outcome was decided by a narrow margin. After asking students what they think about voting here at Keene State, many have given a positive outlook.
Gonzalo Galvez, a second semester sophomore here at Keene State, said, “Voting is your input on the way society works, if you don’t vote people could control your life.” Students believe that it’s the people’s right to vote and choose who wants to be the voice of our country. Bailey Buchan said, “When voting, it helps focus on the different ideas that candidates are looking for and need to gear towards. Voting for students is a way of taking control of your life and future.”
According to the Pew Research Center, one-in-ten eligible voters in America will be between the ages of 18 and 23. Just 43 percent of 18-24 year olds went to the polls, compared with 78 percent of people aged 65 or over. With your help, generation Z can use their power to make a difference in voting. With New Hampshire being a primary state, it has a huge influence in the electoral debate because it is one of the first in the nation to hold its primary. Candidates take this into account and visit New Hampshireoften to be one of the first voters. Just recently, Joe Biden came to Keene to meet with voters. This highlights how importantly candidates feel about the state we call home, New Hampshire.
If you’re 18 or older and want to make a difference in your country, you can register to vote online or even here at Keene State. Simply go to the polls on election day and register to vote using a drivers license or a student ID card. If you do not have a photo ID then you can sign a form to confirm your identity. Voting only takes a few minutes of your day and just one small vote can make a big difference in the world. Be a G.O.A.T. and go vote!
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