Voting: why should you?

Laura Figi, Web Editor-in-Chief

The 2016 election season is upon us and possibly more tense than ever before. Big names like Jeb bush, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have joined the race this year, leaving plenty of bystanders on the sidelines, biting their nails and preparing for a bloodbath. 13 republican candidates against three democrats, and the outcome is still an unpredictable mess.
Most of the seniors this year will be able to vote by the primaries on March 1, 2016. Voting is a rite of passage that everyone should take advantage of.
Voting is a right that was extensively fought for and something we should take advantage of. Paying attention to debates and what’s going on in the world is something that should be done regardless, but being able to vote is a perk best enjoyed with knowledge on the candidates, polls and parties. Furthermore, with the election right after graduation, seniors are fresh out of government class and educated on the system.
Voting is an American duty and constitutionally given to the people to make a change. This can only be called a democracy if everyone participates, and voting now is good practice and experience for years to come. At this point, everyone should have the knowledge to make their own decision. Voting is how decisions are made, and citizens of America are given the choice to help.
Everyone over the age of 18 should at least consider voting in next year’s election, if not for the nation, then for their idea of the nation. Everyone deserves to have their voice heard, and in a country as populous as America, voting is the easiest way to do so.