Voter turnout is notoriously low in America, but I was shocked to read this morning that over half of all American ages 18-29 are not even registered to vote. Many young American in particular do not feel that their vote can make a difference. But with a increasingly diverse demographic of over 44 million eligible voters, this segment of young Americans has the opportunity to make an enormous impact on election day.
Young Americans are not the only demographic in America with poor voter turnout. In fact, in the 2008 general election only 61% of eligible citizens voted. Most embarrassing of all, the US currently ranks 138th out of 172 countries in voter turnout rate.
Voting in America is a privilege, a right and a duty. To make your voice heard it is essential that you participate in the democratic process and cast your vote on Election day. Let’s show our elected officials we are invested in the well being of our nation and will be holding them accountable for their promises.
Regardless of your age or political affiliation, I urge you to take ten minutes to register to vote. Our right to vote has been earned for all of us through the struggles and sacrifices of those that came before us. Take action to shape our nation’s future and make sure you are ready to vote this election day.
With the election just 5 weeks away, time is running out to register to vote. Make sure you register by Tuesday, October 9th to ensure you can vote in the election on Tuesday, November 6th. By clicking on the widget from Rock the Vote below you can sign-up from the comfort and convenience of your own home.
I hope this election day we can come together as a nation and exercise our rights and produce a record breaking voter turnout! Are you registered to vote? Have you reached out to encourage others to register to vote?