Why Your Vote Matters in the Upcoming Local Elections
By Liv M.
As candidate commercials take over every television screen and cardboard signs plastered with candidates’ faces spawn on the side of the road, there can be no doubt what time of year it is — Election Day. Early voting for local, state, and federal offices has already begun, and will conclude on Tuesday November 6th. Multiple offices are up for grabs in this midterm election, including US Senator, US Congress, Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and many other state and local races. Most statewide offices are largely uncontested, but there are some tight races locally.
One such race is for the Plymouth County District Attorney. The Republican incumbent Tim Cruz, who has held the position for the past 17 years, is being challenged by Democrat John Bradley, who is the current Assistant District Attorney in that office. Bradley believes that in today’s world, many young voters are not contributing to local elections enough.
“I would really like to see the young people come out in this election,” said Bradley, “more than they ever have before.”
Many young people (ages 18 through 25) have not even begun to think about who they are voting for, or why they should vote in the first place. Plymouth County DA candidate, John Bradley said, “It’s a lost opportunity every time someone doesn’t go out and vote, because if you want to change things that are going on on a local level or a national level, there’s no better way to do it than at the ballot box.”
Often, many young potential voters think that their political opinion is not important. But this is not the case, especially for local elections. Every vote counts. Younger generations who are able to vote hold the power in their hands to determine who governs. Apathy about politics is common among students, as it is difficult to figure out whom to vote for and why. “We live in a world today where everybody seems to be busy with their everyday lives, and it’s easy to forget that you have the opportunity to be politically active,” said Bradley.
Having a vote at such a young age is a privilege that many countries cannot enjoy. Suffrage and disenfranchisement have been issues even here, even now. This opportunity to have a say in who represents the people in local, state and national offices is among the highest duties of free citizenship. Becoming educated about the candidates who run our towns, and choosing who that should be is a right that citizens must take full advantage of. So, fellow students and teachers of voting age, exercise your right to vote in the upcoming midterm elections, so that years from now, all will be able to share the same freedom that we have now.
Polls are open on Tues. Nov. 6 from 7am to 8pm.