Yes, even though I can’t vote, I still have and deserve an opinion. There’s nothing more frustrating than seeing people who can vote, relinquish that right. Our Founding Fathers did not risk their lives fighting for our freedom so that people can sit back and not participate in a government. It was designed to be of the people, by the people, for the people. Unfortunately, it never seems to fail that those who can’t be bothered to vote still complain. This isn’t a partisan issue. All political parties are guilty of this. While people may choose to not have an opinion on Election day, this shouldn’t mean they can attack myself and other young, political activists for being passionate and involved.
I am not sorry for having a political opinion. I am fulfilling one of my duties as an American citizen, as outlined in the Constitution. Because I strive to be involved with political elections and keep up with scandals, I am more prepared for my future. I won’t be blindly thrown into the political atmosphere when I turn eighteen. Instead, I will be well educated and make the best, informed decision I can based on the given situation. Everyone should feel this confident going into voting season. When I am old enough to vote, I will know what I believe.
Being incredibly active allows me to influence others. If my friends, peers, and loved ones see that I am so passionate about the issues, it can help influence them to keep up with news and hopefully, vote. Even though at sixteen, I can’t vote, I can still make a huge impact on those who can vote. I have a twenty-year-old cousin that, until recently, could not care less about politics or who became president. I emphasized the importance of having an opinion which really influenced him and inspired him to influence those around him. Everyone has that one family member who doesn’t care. Your loved ones will listen to you, no matter how stubborn they are. As a matter of fact, I was that girl at one point. I didn’t really care about politics, but my family showed me how foolish that was. Now I understand and am trying to make a difference.