Editorial: Millennial? Gen X? Casting a Ballot in November is vital

Kieran Hogan, Reporter

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Another election season is now upon us. On November 6, millions of Americans will head to the polls to cast their ballots in races that will decide both national and state congressmen. You should, too.

Voters in Derry Township will cast their votes in five different races. These include the US Senate and House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and Pennsylvania House of Representatives. No matter what the polls say—incumbent Democrats Bob Casey and Tom Wolf are both projected to win their respected races—previous elections have shown polls, especially close polls, sometimes are incorrect.

Every vote matters.

No longer are the majority of voters older Americans. According to the Pew Research Center, the 2016 election featured a rise in Millennial and Generation X voters to over 50 percent of voting Americans.

The Millennial share of eligible voters, 25 percent in 2016, will continue to rise.  As Millennials are becoming more influential in elections, it is important that they use their power to vote this election.

However, polls show that young voters are not very enthusiastic about this year’s election. According to NBC News, just 55 percent of Millennials plan on voting next month. With such low representation, it’s crucial for all young people to get out and cast their ballots, especially with the polarizing issues America has faced the last several years, including environmental concerns, the healthcare debate, tax cuts, and women’s rights.

The 2018 Midterms come in the midst of a number of national news events that will have strong importance. GOP Congressmen will try to maintain their House majority, as Democrats look to ride a “blue wave” into Congress. Brett Kavanaugh’s recent nomination to the Supreme Court may give republicans momentum, but could also galvanize democratic voters. According to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, a record number of women are running for congressional seats in November, with representation in both of the two parties. Additionally, some Republican voters will look to demonstrate their support for the president by voting for some of the many candidates backed by Trump.

These events exemplify the issues that are important to American voters, and they will impact the results of the November election. And since they can impact everyone, it’s important that everyone voices their opinion. Policies that will be influenced by those elected; including Supreme Court nominations, women’s rights, healthcare, and gun control can impact all Americans.

So no matter what side of these issues you support, it’s important to make sure that support is voiced. Head to the polls on November 6, and make sure your voice is heard.