Vote because it impacts your wallet. Your own personal wealth could be a driving factor in showing up to the voter’s booth because those we elect are the ones who decide how much money to invest in public services.
County supervisors, state governors, and the state officials and legislators you vote for decide how to best share the tax burden. Both of these financial responsibilities should be entrusted only to candidates you have researched and deemed fit to handle them.
Americans ages 18 to 29 have much at stake in all elections, yet only 23 percent will “definitely be voting,” according to a survey by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.
The same can be said for our counties. Reaching this demographic of residents is a challenge for candidates in small, rural areas such as Winston County.
Even with that being said, these young voters may have more at stake than any population in how the political process plays out over the coming decades. A study last year by the Urban Institute noted that the generation currently in and graduating from college has accumulated seven percent less wealth than their parents had at a comparable age.
It estimated that today’s young Americans, the best- educated generation in U.S. history, nonetheless would lose at least three percent in earnings over their lifetimes, according to the study.
The low perennial turnout of young voters is especially troubling to non-profit leaders who are focused on building a more invested citizenry of educated voters- both young and old.
In small, rural areas, this is an often a demographic that is difficult to target. Young adults in smaller areas tend to be in their college years, often making returning to their hometowns to vote within their precincts very difficult. You must also consider the amount of young adults at this age who move to other towns or cities in search of employment.
As the rate of young adults that participate in voting seems to be decreasing, the formation of voter registration organizations has been created all across the nation to counteract this.
If enhancing their personal wealth and setting up their futures for financial success will ever be important to young people, now is the time. Our youth cannot afford to sit out yet another election while letting other people make political decisions for them.
Please encourage the youth in your community to make their voices heard by exercising their right to vote. The vote they cast today will determine their tomorrow.
The Supervisors in the County directly decide how much millage or taxes is placed on all property in the county so the supervisors’ decisions directly impact the finances of all property owners in the county.
The state offices on the ballot decisions will directly impact each person’s lives from which roads are repaired to what hospitals are kept afloat or possibly closed.
Your vote can impact these decisions. Read up on the candidates and go to the polls so your vote can count.
Editor’s note: Joseph McCain is the publisher of The Choctaw Plaindealer, The Webster Progress Times and Winston County Journal. He maybe reached at newsroom@winston countyjournal.com or 662-803-5236.