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    The Teen Vote Does Count

    Often, teenagers do not believe in voting because they believe their votes will not matter whether or not they did vote. They might also believe that they might not get the opportunity to voice their opinions in politics if their politician wins. Many of us complain about how we do not have a voice in politics nowadays. They are often mistaken because I believe every vote counts. If we voted, we should definitely play a role in the changes we want to see.

    People of my age should vote on the upcoming election because by voting for the right president, the actions that he makes will determine our future. We will live under the government of the president and we should be able to respect the decisions he will make because we elected him for president. It is also important for us to vote because we are actually voting in favor of what changes we want to see or what things should be changed in favor of the people of our generation.

    The candidate we elect should be able to make decisions that concern the people of our generation because we voted for them. Therefore, when a specific age group votes for a politician, that politician should try to target that age group. As a result, the politician will might listen more to our complaints and devise plans to please the people falling under that specific age. In other words, that specific age group would most likely see the changes they want.

    As for the people of my age, we are still young and we have our whole lives ahead of us. We are all currently attending college and we all understand that college is expensive. The cost to attend college has been increasing over the years due to better quality education. However, there is a drawback and that is the budget cuts that each university experiences. With the increasing cost of education and budget cuts on our quality education, something needs to be done.

    All of us are entitled to an education so therefore, college should be affordable. If college is not affordable, then the college should be able to provide some sort of aid to help a student stay in college despite his/ her family background. If the school’s budget is cut, the students will have to pay more for college and sometimes, it may encourage good students to drop out of college due to the inability to pay for their tuition. When we vote for our politician, our politician should represent the teenage voting group. That politician should create goals that would help the teenage voting group to stay in school and crack the budget cuts. Budget cuts are unfair to our student body. If for instance, my university’s budget is cut, I want to tell my politician to stop the budget cuts but if I did not vote for change, then I should not complain about something that did not go my way. The teenage voting group should not be deprived of an education.

    Public healthcare should also be a concern for the people of my age group. Most of us receive healthcare services through health care plans that are attached to our family plans. We may be stable as long as we are under the age of eighteen or nineteen for some other healthcare providers. Usually when we hit the age of eighteen or nineteen, we are automatically detached from our family plans.

    The cost of healthcare has been increasing recently and many Americans cannot afford healthcare insurance. Teenagers could be at risk to losing their adequate healthcare because many Americans want affordable healthcare. Again, when we vote for our politician, he should be able to appeal to our concerns. If we do not vote, then we do not have a voice in whatever decision the politician decides to make. It would also be wrong for us to complain because we did not vote in favor of what we want.

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