Young voters are the future

By Stephanie Cervino

Young voters are the lifeblood of the country ... although maybe not quite this young. (AP Photo)

Do you want control over your body? Well, so do politicians. Since 2010, politicians have introduced more than 2,000 reproductive health provisions in state legislatures nationwide, most of which would cut basic health services and restrict access to breast exams, cancer screenings, birth control and abortion. Luckily, this November you will have a chance to voice your opinion.

Young voters like you are more racially and ethnically diverse than older voters and are able to provide a fresh perspective on the election. Your new ideas, however, are not making themselves as known as they could be. This is due, in part, to lack of knowledge about voting. A recent poll by CIRCLE, a non-partisan organization that promotes research on the political engagement of young Americans, found that 68 percent of young people were either unable to answer, or were incorrect about, whether their state required a photo ID to vote, and 80 percent did not know their state’s early registration rules.

Young voters are the face and future of this country. You can tell politicians to stop marginalizing women and, instead, address more pressing issues like the lack of jobs, student debt and rising  health care costs. It’s time to get the country moving in the right direction on the issues that matter. This Nov. 6, reclaim your body, share your opinion and use your voice!