With the 2016 election coming up, it is important for everyone to know their responsibility as citizens to vote. For college students and even some high school students, this is their first opportunity to be a part of an election. In order for a democracy to work, everyone must have “skin in the game.” Voting is the lifeblood of any government dependent on citizen participation.

It is important for young adults to vote because they are the future of America. It is also important for youth to pay attention to the candidates and form an opinion based on their own beliefs and not based off the opinions of others. If young adults start getting involved in the political process now, they are more likely to be educated on how to vote and how to pick the best candidate based on their opinion.

When voting, be informed. Elections are not just about voting for the President, but also for members of Congress, the Governor, the Iowa Legislature, and local government positions as well. Do not allow your opinions to be manipulated by other people of your party. Just because you are a part of one party doesn’t mean you have to do everything that party agrees with, or that you have to vote for everyone in that party.

“Too many lives have been sacrificed and too many people before us have fought too hard to allow your vote to be devalued,” says Jeff Kauffman, the Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa.

If you are a young voter, you are encouraged to get out and vote. Your vote counts, and your opinion matters.

 

What is the Electoral College?

According to Wikipedia, the electoral college is a body of people representing the states of the U.S., who formally cast votes for the election of the president and vice president.

The electoral college is absolutely crucial to ensure that the opinions of Iowans are part of the national presidential dialogue. A straight national vote of the people would allow the top 15 most populous cities in the country to elect the next president. The only way that Iowans, rural America, and most of the Midwest are able to weigh in their opinions in a meaningful way is to maintain our electoral college.