Eye of the Editors: Senior Voting

Seniors should vote in the upcoming election and make their voices heard to determine the country’s future.

Whether or not you care about politics, this year’s midterm elections hold the potential to affect your future in major ways. Seniors, save the date: Nov. 6, 2018. The time has come to carry out your part in the American democracy.

All 435 seats in the House of Representatives will be up for taking, as well as 35 in the Senate—California included. Both chambers of Congress are currently held by Republicans. Republicans have managed to confirm a conservative to the swing seat of the highest court—that’s the second nominee appointed since Trump took office

If this path continues, the U.S. will most likely forge forward with an executive, legislative and judicial branch bathed in red for the next several years.

But the tides are on the verge of turning. Democrats only have to win 24 seats to retake the House and a mere two to recapture the Senate. So, what does that mean for November?

If you want a Democratic pivot, vote to make it happen. If you’re happy with an all-Republican legislature, vote to maintain it. Either possibility is entirely viable and it is up to individual citizens to voice what we prefer.

Anybody still holding on to the impression that their one vote will not matter probably didn’t pay very much attention to our last presidential election. According to a Washington Post analysis, President Donald Trump owes his 2016 victory to less than 0.09 percent of voters in three key swing states

If either Congressional chamber flips over to the Democrats, the Republican agenda will be stalled as its legislation will no longer rely on passage solely through the security of partisan votes. This will effectively block many conservative measures in the years to come.

Social security and healthcare are among the public benefits that could be scaled back, along with environmental and endangered species’ protections. Immigration rights will likely see continued restrictions and social progress for minority groups can expect to slow.

Federal elections aside, campaigning right alongside the senators and representatives are candidates running for state positions.

The election of these individuals will determine which rights will be prioritized and what initiatives will be pushed for throughout our college years, including the continuing problem of student loans.

Teenagers may register to vote if they will be 18 by Nov. 6, or pre-register if they are currently 16 or 17 (to be automatically registered upon turning legal). To sign up in California, prospective voters can visit registertovote.ca.gov.

As the youngest generation, it’s never too early to begin shaping the country we aim to live in. And there is no more effective way to do that than to simply fill out our ballots.

Read more about voting: https://dbbullseye.com/2018/cisneros-kim-vie-for-local-congressional-seat-in-d-c/