Is the current voting age the best age for people to start voting?
When was the last time you seriously considered how important it is to vote? In most cases, many voters shy away from the idea of getting involved in local elections simply because they believe they won’t make much money or be able to impact much. While this can certainly be a valid concern, one should never discount the fact that getting involved in local government provides numerous tangible benefits that are worth participating in. Beyond being an important way to help your local community, voting in local elections is also a great way to get your name out there as a serious candidate for office. There are many reasons why getting started early in your political career is important and some of them have to do with your chances of winning.
If you are someone who lives in a rural area that rarely sees any local elections, the chances of your having one anytime soon probably seems unlikely. Fortunately, there are other ways you can ensure your vote will have some influence. One thing you can do is register to vote by mail. Even though this process may seem inconvenient, it actually provides you with a number of opportunities to get involved early. Before the actual election date, many local election offices will offer early registration either by mailing in a form or completing one online.
Many people are skeptical about voting by mail because they fear their ballot will be rejected if it is picked up early. This doesn’t need to be a factor. Your local election office will be happy to mail you a ballot by no charge if you request it. It is important to remember that local governments often receive hundreds of applications for early registration every week. By taking advantage of this early registration period, you are more likely to have your ballot received by the election date. Since local governments are quite busy, however, it is not likely they will be making more than a handful of these applications in any given week.
Some people are concerned about being too young to vote. If you happen to be under the age of eighteen, you probably won’t be allowed to register to vote at all. The laws governing this vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. However, most jurisdictions allow those who are between eighteen and twenty-five years old to register to vote. Those over the age of twenty-five are likely to have to wait until they are an adult to be registered to vote.
Many people don’t realize that there is actually a time limit on when someone can register to vote. This expiration date is usually in the year before an election. If you are an early registrant, it is likely that you will have your ballot sent to you weeks before the election. In this situation, you might have a legitimate reason to request a mail-in ballot. Some jurisdictions actually require people who register early to show proof of identification at the polls.
Many people wonder if it is better to register to vote when a person is younger or to wait until they become an adult. It really comes down to personal choice. Each person has their own personal reasons for deciding how to vote. In the United States, many people believe that it is more important to have a say on issues that affect their daily lives. Many younger people feel that it is more important to be considered for any office, job, or other opportunities based upon how well they have performed in school.
In your community, your social circle, or your family, it is likely that you know people who can also register to vote. Regardless of where you live, there is likely at least one person in your circle of friends who can register to vote. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they will vote the same way as you do. Rather, each person has the right to register to vote so that others can have a fair opportunity to vote. Others may have a more specific reason for choosing to register to vote.
If you live in a neighborhood where everyone knows each other, perhaps your teenage daughter, son, or cousin could use some assistance with finding and registering to vote! Perhaps this teen would like to run for city council someday or help out with an effort to clean up the neighborhood or raise money for a local humanitarian organization. Perhaps your elderly uncle, aunt, or grandmother can’t stand not voting but is interested in making a difference by helping those less fortunate than ourselves. Regardless of your personal motivators for registering to vote, once you do so it is important to cast your ballot when the correct time is available.