I am young, I haven’t got the slightest clue about politics, why should I vote then? How many times have you heard this? Personally, I am exhausted hearing this sentence. Voting is an essential right, that our grandparents and great-grandparents might not have had. Just imagine this: the same people, specifically the same type of people, ruling over your country for more than 50 years, your opinion being meaningless.
This is already happening in the world
There are countries, not to be specific, in which the population does not have a right to vote. The same politicians are leading the country for long periods of time. They swear that they will work in service of their people, but they are working only for their own selfish personal benefit. This is the image that a young person who is about to vote might have of politics, and of politicians in particular. This is the reason that young people might not consider voting important.
Let’s take a step back, and see the bigger picture
Many adults and elderly people consider voting important, for they might not have had this right during their early adulthood. But what are you voting for, really? You are voting for the future of your country. But who take part of this future? You, your friends, your future wife or huband. One day, whether we like it our not, our grandparents and parents will not be able to guide us anymore. This is why you should vote. You should also form a political opinion when you are young, in order to vote for whomever you think the best political candidate for your future.
Sadly, not many schools around the world have subjects that teach youngsters the importance of voting, and how to create their own political opinion. I hope this will change, sometime in our lives. However, by the time I will have children, I hope that I should not be the one responsible to teach them why voting is one of our most important rights.
How should you vote?
I have my own views regarding what party i will vote, and what candidate. But this is not what I want to explain to you. The voting process is not about stamping a piece of paper. It is about doing the research beforehand.
1. What are you voting for?
Are you voting the president? Are you voting the Parliament? Or are you voting the next mayor in your hometown? With a quick google search you can find what you will be voting for. If you do not know the specific roles of a mayor of a president, Wikipedia is your friend, for the roles are different from country to country.
2. Who will be running for these elections?
Try and find as many candidates, so you can learn exactly whose intentions match yours. This is, of course, an oversimplification, as candidates should propose an Organisational Programme that they will follow, should they get elected. If the contenders have such programmes, try and read (at least) the parts important to you.
If you found the candidate you think will be the best, vote vor him. Should you think no candidates are on the same page as you, vote the one closest to your opinions, even if you are not a fan of all their opinions. On voting day, be careful to follow the rules carefully, if you are not sure about something do not be afraid to ask, someone will definitely help you.
You don’t need to know politics in order to vote, even if you are young.
Just vote. For you, your parents, your future.