Never have I ever felt like I had this much power. I have the power to be a part of a community that chooses the President of the United States. This is not some small decision, like picking out your outfit for the day or deciding what you are going to eat for lunch. This is much more than that. This is your right to vote.
Turning 18 last year meant more than being able to buy a lottery ticket or going to get a tattoo on your own. Being 18 gives you power. Just one more year than the last had gone by and I had gained power. I have the power to cast my own vote.
It may not seem like the biggest deal to some people that they have the right to vote, as there is way over 300 million people in the United States. Despite the immense number of people living in the country, your vote still matters. In the 2016 election, there has been more scandal, more conflict, and more chaos than ever seen before in any election. Both candidates have used tactics that may seem childish and have said things that have upset many people. At the end of the day, no matter who the candidates may be, your opinion counts.
When you cast your vote, you are letting your state and country know who you think is best fit to be President. While the candidate you vote for may not end up being President, you still exercised your right and key component of being a United States citizen.
As a college student at the University of Michigan, I am in the midst of a swing state. The election vibes are tense, exciting, and no one knows what to expect. Because the electoral votes for the state of Michigan are currently up in the air, the 16 electoral votes are a major part of helping either Clinton or Trump become President. Walking through campus over the past two months, I recognized how necessary it was to vote. I understood my power.
My realization of the importance of my vote lead me to change the way I was going to vote from an absentee ballot from the state of New York to voting in Michigan. I want to help make a difference. I want to use my power.
As I prepare to vote on election day, my power becomes more and more real. I have the ability to express my own opinion. The best part is that my vote matters. In the middle of over 300 million United States citizens, there lies my one vote. I am proud of that one vote. That one vote adds to the millions of other people who have chosen to make a difference.
If you are questioning whether or not you should vote on Election Day, you should. Do not even think twice. The election is far too close. You need to let your voice matter. This is the first time that myself and many others can exercise our right and reiterate our citizenship to the United States. The future of the country depends on our votes.
So, be smart.
Use your power.