Nov. 3, 2020 will be here sooner rather than later, but before that comes Super Tuesday. Since the current president, Donald Trump, is running for re-election in the Republican Party, the Democratic Party is in a “frenzy” to find a candidate who will represent the different morals and ideals of the party. We at the Independent are not endorsing a candidate on either side of the political spectrum, but we want to encourage our readers to educate themselves to choose the best possible candidate and vote.
In the time of the 24-hour news cycle, there is no reason why young voters should be uninformed of electoral developments. A simple search of “2020 election” on Google will yield over two billion results from multiple media outlets, some of which have their own webpage dedicated to election coverage. Voter responsibility doesn’t stop at reading one article from a website with biases that align with your own. As uncomfortable as it may be, a truly informed voter will gather information from various news sources, even those they may not agree with, to understand all sides of a debate and make their own educated decision.
People tend to not vote because they believe their vote doesn’t count or because the candidate they wanted isn’t on the ballot. These people say things like, “What does my vote do among millions of others, or when the electoral college ultimately gets to decide?” Since 18-year-olds were given the right to vote, the voter turnout of college-aged students was low until the 2018 elections, according to the United States Census Bureau. The Independent believes that every vote counts in an election, and we encourage the upward trend of young adults voting. If voting weren’t important, it wouldn’t be practiced every year. So, we encourage you to learn about what you will be voting on this election and to not be afraid of voting.
Your vote matters. Your vote voices your opinion and puts your vision for society into action. This Super Tuesday you’re able to vote anywhere in Harris County and the closest polling location to the University is the Metropolitan Multiservice Center. Make sure you are informed on current issues, fact check your sources, and confidently go into the voting booth this Super Tuesday.