This year’s election is perhaps the most important election of my life. Not because of any specific race taking place, but because it is the first one that I will participate in. As a young voter, I have the potential to change the course of history as I raise my voice with other young adults.

Older Americans represent the status quo. Elected officials don’t need to adapt and solve new problems because their careers are perpetuated by that status quo. Why change their strategies and solve new problems if their voter bloc is content with the way things are? Stagnation is the result.

Young people are different. We see a very different future with different challenges and hazards. We see the effects of income inequality, of rampant climate change and runaway healthcare costs. We see politicians bickering over the issues of the past while neglecting our future. But, why should they listen if we don’t speak up?

Imagine if we had a wave of young voters this year. Politicians from all sides of the political spectrum will have to shift their focus. If they don’t start seeking solutions to the issues important to the rising generation, they will start losing elections.

In order to disrupt the stagnation that is Washington, see real solutions from all levels of government, and provide a brighter future for all Americans, young people need to vote. Our combined voices will change the course of history.

Broderik Craig

Provo

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