First Time Voting for Seniors

First Time Voting for Seniors

Reo Lee

The 2020 elections took place Tuesday, November 3, marking the 59th quadrennial presidential election. Although the act of voting is sacred and special to all American citizens, it is the first time some seniors on the West campus had the chance to partake in the process. Since any United States citizen over the age of 18 by the time of elections can vote, it was an interesting time for seniors to be finally allowed in the participation of casting ballots.

“I decided to vote this year because I wanted to do my part and be involved in the democratic process,” Ariel White said. “I think it is important to vote because you get the opportunity to express your voice and help elect leaders who will represent our country.”

White was only one of many seniors who saw the importance of voting, Ashely Blanco also shared why she thinks voting is important for young teens.

“I decided to vote this year especially because this election is very important for the future of the United States,” Blanco said. “I felt very strongly to vote mainly due to the fact that my vote would count towards the outcome.”

Although some young teenagers can have doubts about the process of voting and the whole election process, Blanco explains the significance of getting the right to vote.

“I think that voting is not only right but a civic duty,” Blanco said. “All citizens who are able to vote should because they have an opportunity for their voice to be heard regarding issues.”

White went in person to the Voter Registrar’s office in order to register to vote on her 18th birthday, claiming there was no better way to celebrate her coming of age into a proper adult.

“Overall it was very quick and easy,” White said. “I filled out my information on my registration card, turned it in, and a few weeks later I got my official card in the mail.”

Other than going in-person to register like White, anyone who is still under 18 had the option of registering by mailing their paperwork, as long as their birthday passed before the election date.

“My registration process was a bit difficult because I was not 18 yet when I mailed my registration,” Blanco said. “I was slightly stressed that I would not be able to vote. Fortunately, I received my voter certificate in the mail a few weeks later.”

The whole election at first glance might seem daunting, but it is important for students to understand that each vote counts and makes a difference.

“Being able to vote gave me the opportunity to be a part of democracy and help decide the way our country, state, and cities are going to look over the next couple of years,” White said. “I would tell people that voting is important and if you want to see improvements in our country, you have to use your voice and vote.”

Voting is not only just a right but gives a chance for young teens to share their voice on what problems they think are important and what solutions they want from future leaders.

“I think I contributed to a bigger cause,” Blanco said. “This election has made a great impact on the citizens of America in a sense that more people will use their vote as a voice in the government.”

That being said, both White and Blanco encourage more people to vote and share their voice to better the community, the state, and the country.

“Every vote counts,” Blanco said. “Voting gives you a voice in the issues that are affecting the country. Your vote can make a difference.”