Michael G. SheppardWe should simplify the way we explain elections to young people, rather than avoiding the conversation or launching into thick statements that merely spout baseless opinions on politicians and the issues.

Whether you’re discussing what’s happening on The Hill, in your state, or in your backyard, you should try to help young people understand the role of government and democracy, and how a vote can help to shape the future.

Read on to learn some easy ways to express the value and obligation of participating in general elections:

  1. Every eligible citizen that’s 18-years-old or older has an opportunity to place one vote. Each qualified adult has an equal opportunity to cast, no matter race, race, gender, or socioeconomic status –though this wasn’t always the case.
  2. Each vote issues a message of allegiance, support, and disagreement. It’s important to know that even if your candidate loses, you’re demonstrating your commitment to your values by voting someone who carries your beliefs.
  3. Voter turnout is being tracked, and because of this, we know that seniors vote more than other demographics. Consequently, the officials who often win are those tho focus on Medicare and social security. Officials are still urging young voters 18-24 to turnout, mainly because by voting, you electing individuals who have your best interests in mind.
  4. The winning politician has the power to change the lives of each citizen. Elected officials can determine how many students are in a class; what’s taught in school; the cost of healthcare insurance and prescription; environmental pollution; immigration rights; and military spending. The can also do so much more.
  5. Every opinion matters! Even though kids can’t determine the outcome of important elections today, forming today will shape the way they will vote in the future.
  6. Apathy, ignorance, and frustration are often why young people don’t vote. It’s why 25 percent of voters aged 18 to 30 didn’t participate in the 2010 mid-term elections.

What are some simplified ways would you go about voting for young people?