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Make voting a priority; cast ballot

“When I was at the post office to register, this poor girl, clearly also a college student like me, didn’t know what ‘postmarked’ meant and had no idea how to send an important document by mail. Most people my age have zero need to go to the post office and may have never stepped into one before. Honestly, if someone had the forms printed for me and was willing to deal with the post office, I’d be much more inclined to vote.”

“I think there’s a way to be an informed nonvoter. I’d rather have an informed nonvoter than an uninformed voter going in and making a choice they don’t understand.”

“The amount of work logically isn’t that much: Fill out a form, mail it, go to a specific place on a specific day. But those kind of tasks can be hard for me to do if I’m not enthusiastic about it.”

“I vote when I feel like I have to. But I mostly consider it something that sucks a lot of people’s time and energy away from actually building power with the people around them.”

“The idea of leaving work, forwarding all of my calls to my phone, to go stand in line for four hours, to probably get called back to work before I even get halfway through the line, sounds terrible.”

“I love that literally everyone is promoting actually registering to vote, but it’s never how to vote or the steps to voting or what you do next after you’ve registered to vote. After that, it kind of just drops off and you’re left in the dark, like, I don’t know what to do next, you know?”

These are comments made by young adults to New York Magazine about voting in the midterm elections. According to surveys, only about a third of people ages 18 to 29 plan to vote. Look at some of those comments.

If they were not so depressing, they might be funny. Some don’t know how to use the post office, some feel voting is too much trouble, others are not motivated, and at least one felt being a nonvoter might be better than being a voter.

Sadly, too many of us do not value voting or care about the process in which elected officials are chosen. They demand change yet can’t be bothered to vote. They demand a society that conforms to their values, but won’t take the time to cast a ballot. Don’t be like these people.

We encourage all registered voters to cast a ballot Tuesday. Your vote matters. Your vote will help determine who makes the decisions that affect us all.