Voting twice. Most Republicans wince at that term or equate it to voter fraud. To be honest, more young Republicans should do it. I’m not talking about voting multiple times in one election, I’m talking about voting in your primary and in the general. Voting in a primary is just as important, if not more, as voting on the second Tuesday in November.

According to the nonprofit Ignite, young women vote at a 6% higher rate than young men. If more women voted, that could turn the tide of elections. 2018 has been dubbed the “Year of the Woman,” as more women nationwide are running for office on both sides of the aisle, with close to 500 filing to run during this election cycle. There is also an increase in non-traditional candidates, who could be considered effective candidates and elected officials. An increase in candidates means contested primaries, and more of a reason to vote twice in 2018. Here’s a few reasons why you should vote twice. 

1) It’s your right

It doesn’t get more straightforward than that. We’re approaching the 100-year anniversary of women getting the right to vote. That alone should motivate you to get to the polls. Americans have the right to choose their representatives, a right that people died for and people around the world still don’t have. Instead of complaining about the current state of politics, make your voice heard and vote for a change.

2) You can help elect someone who shares your beliefs

By supporting someone who advocates for issues you’re passionate about in the primary, you are helping to advance those issues in the general election, and afterwards. Big on tax reform and reigning in excessive spending? See where the candidates stand on economic issues. Are you a fan of the Second Amendment? Find out which candidate is endorsed by the National Rifle Association. Are you a strong advocate for behavioral health? Read up on the candidate’s National Alliance on Mental Illness questionnaire.  

3) Your vote in the primary could determine the results in November

It’s easy to complain about having ‘lame,’  ‘weak,’ or ‘problematic’ candidates in a general election, but you can change that by voting for who you think the strongest candidate is in the primary. The primary sets the state for the general election. As previously mentioned, do your research by checking out the candidate’s websites or attending a forum to see where they stand on the issues. Voting in the primary gives you the chance to support the candidates who have the best chance of winning in November.

Need another reason? You get another chance to rock an “I Voted” sticker on Instagram.

Need I say more?

Melissa B
Melissa is a young conservative navigating the world of post-grad one cup of coffee (or glass of wine) at a time. When she isn't volunteering on campaigns up and down the ballot in deep blue Maryland or trying to get selfies with politicians, you can find her reading, cheering on the Ravens, or hanging out with friends.

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