Voting Is More Important Than Ever In This Upcoming Election


Voting has been one of the most sought after rights in U.S. history. There has been a huge question asked by the people which is who should be allowed to vote.

And due to the Coronavirus, voting will be very different this year for many reasons. Getting people to vote has always been a problem for the U.S., but it seems that this will only make it worse.

If you haven’t registered to vote yet you still can in Nevada. You can’t register by mail or in person any more, but you can vote online until Oct. 29th.

Early voting in Nevada will be available from Oct. 17 to Oct. 30. For first time voters who vote in person you will need to bring an ID either a driver’s license, a identification card from the DMV, or any other form of identification.

You will be able to vote in many locations near you all you have to do is search up voting locations near to me.

As stated earlier the voter turnout in the U.S. has not been the greatest. In 2016, according to the UC Santa Barbara American Presidency Project, the voter turnout was 55.67 percent while in 1876 the voter turnout was 81.8 percent.

Obviously the voter turnout has lowered through the years, yet some believe that the turn out won’t just be bigger but more young people will vote.

“I think more young people will vote,” said English teacher Mr. Porter. “There are more young people than old so I would think there would be more people voting.”

While we won’t know how many people will vote or what percentage of the voters were young people until we the results are in we can learn from those around us.

Evelyn Gonzalez, a Senior in Sunrise, will be able to vote this election. However, she isn’t that interested in getting her vote counted.

“No, I don’t plan on voting,” said Gonzalez. “Honestly I don’t feel anything.”

Of course this is only one person, but it can tell us about the general feeling of many young voters. Spanish teacher Ms. Adler though had another theory.

“ I think some of our most patriotic Americans are the newly naturalized citizens,” said Adler. “Those who have arrived from countries where severe punishment for political expression and voter suppression are the norm.”

After observing the gubernatorial election in Nuevo Leon, Mexico in 1991 and the parliamentary elections in Istanbul, Turkey in 2007, Adler had seen the way people in other countries and places treat their right to vote.

“This is when I realized that people all over the world are quite passionate about elections,” said Adler. “The impact on a country and often the relationships with other countries after a big election.”

Clearly there was a divide in how people thought about voting and the age ranges. It seems that many young voters don’t believe that voting is so important while more experienced voters believe it is something everybody should do.