Let no one despise you for your youth… but set an example.
Many adults feel as if kids under the age of 18 should stay out of politics. The fact of the matter is, however, that these kids are the future of the country and the earlier they get involved in the process, the more informed they will be. Information helps create truth, and the truth will set us free. That is why the following list of three ways to engage politically at a young age has been created. They are, in no particular order, as follows:
- Have An Opinion
- Utilize Social Media
- Help Register People To Vote
Have An Opinion
Public opinion, on a variety of topics, matters. If the public did not feel strongly about many of the biggest turning points in American history, such as the end of slavery or the end of suffrage, then both of these and so many more basic human rights may never have been granted.
Your age may keep someone from having an opinion at the polling place, but it doesn’t keep someone from having an informed opinion in their daily lives. Sharing your opinion, when appropriate, can be a great way to convey a political message and influence other without being able to check a box at a polling booth.
Utilize Social Media
In the age of social media, politics have drastically changed. Where there was once door to door campaign workers, there are now full social media teams working to ensure that the online presence of a candidate is kept up to date, relevant, and allows the candidate to accurately get out their message to the voters.
There is some responsibility that comes with this action that must be attended to. First, social media users must be aware of what sources of information are reliable and unreliable. Stick only to those who are reliable and verifiable so that falsehoods are not spread over the internet. Social media can be a very powerful tool for both good and bad intentions depending on how it is utilized.
Help Register People To Vote
Just because someone can’t go to the polls themselves doesn’t mean they can’t encourage other who can to perform their civic duty. There is no age restriction on organizing things such as voter registration drives or even canvassing in local neighborhoods. In many elections, more than half of citizens fail to vote which means that elected officials are not necessarily representing the full population for which they oversee. By registering more voters, politicians will more accurately reflect the community.