January 28 2016

The Iowa Caucuses Are Coming…Yawn? Why You Should Care About Politics by Ximena Iglesias

Donald Trump is not coming to the Republican Debates.  Bernie Sanders says Microsoft has undue influence in the Iowa Caucuses.  Did you know?  Do you care? Should you?

I am not here to persuade you to vote for a particular person, or legislation/bill etc. I am also not here to bash any candidates running for office. My sole purpose is to share
my excitement and persuade you to go out and be a be politically active.

womens_right_to_vote_vintage_postcard-rf2433b0cbfe8427d8cfab514a9c0caa7_vgbaq_8byvr_512Being politically active means: having some interest in politics and government.

  •      Registering to Vote
  •      Working Polls
  •      Contributing to a Campaign
  •      Attending Rallies
  •      Running for Office
  •      Voting

The total number of Americans eligible to vote: 218,959,000

votinggiphyDo all of those people vote? No. A little over half of that number are registered to vote.  To me, voting is important and not voting unthinkable.  This may be because where I am from, you are fined anywhere between $6-$1,300 for not voting!

Election 2016 Illustration

Election 2016 Illustration

I am super excited to have the opportunity to vote in the Primaries and on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th, 2016. Voting makes my voice heard and registers my opinion on how I think the government should operate. And if that isn’t a confidence boost, I don’t know what is.

Do you remember the Election of 2004, Bush v Kerry?  Why is that so significant? Well for me, this was the first election that I observed in the United States. At recess, all the kids were talking about who their parents would vote for and other things that they heard on the news (mind you, I was in the 3rd Grade). It was funny watching children separate on the playground depending on who their parents were voting for or who their favorite candidates were.  Looking back at it now, I realize it was an almost physical feud at recess between Democrats and Republicans for a couple days. 

ethicsofvotingWhen asked who I would vote for, I would shrug. I had no idea what was going on. So, that day, I went home that day and asked my parents who they were going to vote for… I learned that day that Non-Citizens cannot vote. 

fightatschoolFour years later, older, wiser, etc. The 2008 Elections were around the corner, Obama v McCain. I remember sitting in math class, when all of a sudden a verbal argument broke out. Once again, I watched as the class divided into blue and red sides of the room, spewing their [parents’] opinions along with random facts from the news, and more. The entire class got in trouble that day for sharing opinions and because some kid decided to ask the teacher who she was voting for.

But for me, what was unique about that year was that my school held a Mock Election Day, which allowed us to enter the computer lab and vote for a President on a ballot screen. For me this was the coolest thing ever!

votingBy the time the 2012 Obama v Romney elections rolled by, my family finally had the chance to vote. All except me of course; I wasn’t 18 years old at the time.  Now that I am of age, I will be taking advantage of:

  1. My Citizenship
  2. The 19th Amendment, and
  3. The 26th Amendment.

        The more young people vote, the more politicians will make policies that benefit us. This can impact our future in a big way. Every vote is important so many politicians are inclined to try to do as much as they can to help and win your votes. You don’t have to know every inch and detail about what is going on in government and politics. Pick one election (presidential might be a thought 🙂 ).  Educate yourself on the facts.  Pick a candidate, and just do it!

thankyougiphyPrimary voting begins in February and goes until June, depending on your state.

And Election Day takes place nationwide on

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016.


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