5 Reasons Young People Should Take Election Day Seriously

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Didn't vote in the last midterm elections? Don’t plan on going this year as well? Then you should read this.

Apparently, people – especially young Americans – are not as keen to vote during mid-term elections as they are during presidential polls.

The Economist notes in 2012 “fully 59% of registered voters turned up at the polls for the presidential election. But two years earlier just 42% bothered to cast their votes in the 2010 mid-term elections.”

Since this year’s turnout is expected to be even lower, here we have compiled a list of various reasons you should not neglect your national duty on Tuesday.

For Minimum Wages:

This year’s vote is big for wages.

Five states – Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, Illinois and South Dakota – have proposals that could raise minimum wages which currently range from $6.25 to $8.25 an hour.

Recommended: Will The Biggest Minimum Wage Strike In American History Move Congress?

For Reproductive Rights:

Certain proposed reforms in Colorado, North Dakota and Tennessee could potentially limit women’s reproductive rights. According to The New York Times:

“Amendment 67 in Colorado is a modified but no less unconstitutional version of the preposterous ‘personhood’ proposals Colorado voters overwhelmingly rejected in 2008 and 2010.”

“It would redefine the terms “person” and “child” in the state’s criminal code and wrongful death act to include “unborn human beings” — conferring on fertilized eggs legal rights and protections that apply to living individuals, criminalizing abortion even in cases of rape or incest or to protect a woman’s health.”

Furthermore, commonly used methods of contraception and fertility treatments would be restricted.

By using your voting rights this week, you could help determine future legislative efforts on this important issue.

For Gun Control:

The October 24 shooting at a Washington state high school marked the 87th school shooting since the December 2012 massacre in Newtown, Connecticut which equls to an average of one shooting per week.

On Election Day, Washington state voters will have a chance to decide on two competing gun legislation measures.

While one requires background checks on all gun sales, including gun shows and online transfers, the other would prevent the state from imposing more background checks unless the federal government decides to do so first.

Also Read: FBI Confirms America’s Worst Fear In Latest Report On Mass Shootings

For Pot:

Fox News explains how Election Day will help determine the future of marijuana in different states.

“The measures in Oregon and Alaska would allow for the retail sale of pot to anyone old enough to drink. The measure in the District of Columbia would make it legal to grow and possess marijuana, but not sell it.

And in Florida, residents will decide whether to make their state the 24th to allow marijuana use for medical reasons.”

For Yourself:

And last but certainly not the least, vote for yourself and for your family. If you don’t exercise your right, you let other people decide what’s best for you.

When you select a representative, you put your tax money to good use. Not only that, your single vote also helps determine the course of executive and legislative action.

So make sure you fill in those bubbles on Tuesday.

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