Will You Vote?


Alyssa Mulherin, Journalist

On Tuesday, November 6th, all throughout The United States, citizens will cast their vote in the Midterm Elections.  


Advertisements have been popping up on social media, trying to get younger voters to become more involved in politics.


Seniors at Prairie High School have been learning more about politics in their government class, and why it is important for younger citizens to vote.


“You begin to form habits and priorities at that age. So being actively involved at that age improves the likelihood you’ll continue to stay involved,” Government Teacher Kent Noska said.


Young Americans have not been showing a strong interest in voting, and it’s showing in our government. In 2014, less than 20% of young Americans voted. According to the United Census Data, The total turn out for young voters was only 46.1% in 2016.


“It’s important for younger voters to decide on the issues and candidates in their interest,” Noska said.


Citizens who are choosing not to vote are letting others make important life decisions and changes for them, which ultimately will affect them in the long run.


“If you don’t like something, you should change it, and this is a way of giving my opinion of the government and putting in my idea so we can change stuff,” Lent said.


Abby Lent is an 18-year-old Democrat that stays involved in politics and will be voting this year.


For some seniors at Prairie, this is their first year of being able to vote.


“I think it’s important for young people to vote because we’re the future older generation and our opinions are the ones that will change the way America works and functions. We should start voting now so it becomes a habit to continue voting, therefore continuing to give our opinions,” Lent said.