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The importance of voting in high school

Addison Gload
Student filling out sample of an official election ballot.

As a democracy, voting is the basis of the United States government. With the upcoming presidential election next November, many Class of 2024 and 2025 students will be able to cast their votes for the first time next fall. 

Elections are held every two years on the first Tuesday of November. Midterm elections are held every four years in the middle of each presidential term. Presidential elections are also held every four years to elect or reelect the president of the U.S. 

On July 1, 1971, the voting age was lowered to age 18. Over the next 50 years, young generations did not take full advantage of their opportunity to participate in this civic duty as the young voter turnout was a steady 20% when it came to midterms. However, after a historic 2022 midterm election, the youth turnout grew to 27% (NPR), the second highest in history for a midterm election. 

Although most high schoolers don’t believe their vote matters, they have the opportunity to change the fate of our next election. With the more teenagers voting, there is a larger chance of change within congress. 

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If you are sick of seeing the same people year after year running capitol hill, the only way to make a difference is by voting out members of congress you don’t agree with. 

“I think most [high schoolers] are intelligent,” Jenna Hanssen, AP US History teacher, said. “I find that younger voters sometimes are more idealists, they have more vision for what they want, so they should go out and vote and get involved.” 

The prime age for creativity and passion in our government is 18 years old. Some students feel their vote does not matter while others are looking forward to Nov. 5. 

“Your votes can change the world,” Reese Mitchell, junior who will be able to vote in the next election, said. “If everyone believed that their vote didn’t matter, then no one would vote and then we’d be in this cycle.” 

The chance to change something in your government is an extraordinary opportunity that many countries don’t have the right to have. America is lucky to even offer voting at age 18. Countries under communism and or a dictatorship are not awarded similar freedoms.  

“Participating in elections is one of the key freedoms of American life. Many people in countries around the world do not have the same freedom, nor did many Americans in centuries past. No matter what you believe or whom you support, it is important to exercise your rights,” National Geographic said. 

Although voting is the most important civic duty in our country, going into the ballot boxes without knowing what each candidate stands for, is not how we get things done. Research your politicians and find the policies that you want to support, rather than following popularity or your family. 

“I [would] hate people just to vote without being informed,” Hanssen said. “You shouldn’t just go out and vote without doing your research or you should know what you’re voting for.” 

If you don’t want to vote, vote for somebody who can’t. Somebody under 18, somebody who is not a U.S. citizen, somebody who is incarcerated and has lost their right to vote. Nothing changes unless our community puts in their opinion. Without voting, America would have no sense of diversity within our country and the bills passed would only be supported by a small margin. 

“I’ve grown up in a household that has taught me since birth that my voice matters. My parents have always preached the necessity of walking into the voting booth each time from the day I turn 18 to when I’m gone,” Elizabeth Cappiello, a senior who will be voting in the next election, said. “I’ve always had a political mind and been interested in politics. I hope more kids, especially seniors taking government classes this year, realize the pose they hold as American citizens. They have the chance to change their country the day they turn 18.”

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Georgia Simon, Co-Managing and Breaking News Editor
Georgia Simon, junior, is the Co-Managing and Breaking News editor for the Jupiter War Cry. This is Simon’s third year in War Cry and sixth year in journalism, and she continues to expand her writing skills. “My whole life is journalism and I love it,’’ Simon said. She is looking forward to taking on a leadership role this year, especially as she is currently interning for AKSM Media as an Assistant White House Editor with hopes of becoming a White House Correspondent. Though she spends most of her time writing and editing, she is excited to help run the staff throughout the coming year.
Addison Gload, Media Manager and School News Editor
Addison Gload, junior, is the Media Manager and School News Editor for the Jupiter War Cry, having joined her sophomore year. Gload is always looking for new information to share with her peers; she enjoys being able to make school news known and sharing the ins and outs of what is happening. As a Fla. native, Gload takes part in clubs and leadership positions such as, Historian of Student Government Association and Parliamentarian of the Class of 2025 and now as a manager and editor in War Cry. “I like the class dynamic. [The staff] is really nice and sweet and helpful,” Gload said. “I also like being able to write and being on the website and being proud of what I put out and have other people be able to read it and learn from it.” Gload enjoys pursuing her passion for photography and being able to catalog wonderful memories through pictures. “I kind of started more in ninth grade when I took Media Studies, and they taught us how to photograph and then I’ve just been doing it on my own a little but I found that it's really fun to take really pretty pictures and seeing it again in the end,” Gload said.

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