In recent election years there has been a focus on the ‘youth vote’. Will they turn out? What do they care about? Do candidates care about them? Millennials represent 24 percent of the voting age population. Young people represent the future; in order to become the leaders who will propel us in the right direction in thefuture, they must first become registered voters.
On February 27th and March 1st, 2016[ET1] 100 students from East Tech and Collinwood High Schools were registered to vote. DM4G began the voter registration drive by showing a short film about the history of voting (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdlXdehi0Sg) where the students learned how important the youth vote can be. After the film Mr. Moscovitz and Mrs. Black provided the students with more in depth information about the process and importance of becoming a registered voter and exercising their right to vote.
Voter registration is critical to spurring young people to get involved and be informed. Some DM4G’s youth reported that lack of information, not lack of interest, keeps them on the sidelines at election time. On the other hand, some students asked, “Why should I care about this?” Mr. Moscovitz explained that high school students will most likely be getting their first jobs, going to college, signing up for the Selective Service and buying their first homes under the president elected in 2016. He went on to say every decision that is made by politicians, whether it be on the national level or the local level, is going to affect you and the future of our country.
After the important interactive conversation with DM4G’s youth, the students left the voter registration drive with a new view of how powerful their vote and their voice are and how they can be agents of change.
While it is easy to think that one vote doesn't make a difference the truth is that every vote counts.