NOTE: The following is an open letter to young North Carolinians who have yet to vote in the 2018 Midterm Election.
Dear Young North Carolinian:
I write this message to you as a person who has recently accepted the following truth -- comparatively, I’m pretty old. I’m 38 in fact. That’s three years removed from the 18-35 demographic, the most targeted age group for people who create music, movies, TV series, video games and pretty much anything else that is fun or good.
But with that said, if you still haven’t voted in the 2018 election, I want you to know that I understand. In fact, I get you. It’s perfectly fine that you did not take advantage of early voting. I have never once early voted in my entire life.
While many so-called experts say that young people who don’t vote early will likely not vote at all, I am encouraging you to boldly, assuredly and yes, definitely prove them wrong. I make this plea because I believe North Carolina will be a better state if its young people are engaged and participating in its democratic process.
The world is literally choking right now, begging its young new voters, like you -- the people who will actually have to live in this place after all the racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic and worst of all, planet hating old people are dead and gone -- to take charge and make their voices be heard.
Let’s be clear, statistically speaking, the majority of old people hold the views I just mentioned. But one thing that they have in in their favor is that they show up to the polls and vote. If your voices aren’t there to match, compete, and hopefully best theirs, it doesn’t matter how strongly you protest their opinions via social media. They are always going to win by default.
In most of the choices posed by our local ballot, you are lucky to get more than two choices, and I can understand if all of them might seem unappealing to varying degrees. It’s unfortunate that we really don’t have a candidate who is massively inspiring or tuned in on engaging young voters on pretty much any of the races here in Guilford County. This is a problem we need to work together in order to improve. I truly want our nation to grow beyond a two-party system and find a way to allow more than two differing points of view to shape and determine the course of our state and federal governments. I hope this so that we can be enriched by a wide variety of opinions.
But the truth is our election system will not improve if you simply choose to walk away from it. In fact, it will only get worse. So vote. Vote knowing it might not lead to a significant change in the immediate sense, but hopefully as you continue to vote, it will lead to greater, positive changes in the long term.
I ask you this as someone who makes it a point to listen to you. I ask you this as someone who believes you have the vision and the power to make our world great. I ask you this because I have a two-year-old daughter, and feel this is my best chance of ensuring she grows up in a better world than the one I had when growing up.
P.S. For those who continue to say voting doesn't matter, if that were really true, why has one particular party made it their goal to legally make voting difficult for people to do as possible?
P.P.S. If you are 30 or younger and make it a point to vote tomorrow, I will totally give you a FREE TACO! Click here for more information!