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ELECTION: Why young people should vote

Letter by Terri Baker, Tacoma on July 17, 2012 at 9:38 am with No Comments »
July 30, 2012 2:41 pm

By not voting or even registering to vote, young people make themselves and their issues easy to ignore. Young people 18 to 35 are most likely to be hurt by cuts to social services, reduced public transportation and changes to rental laws.

Consider that elected representatives have power to:

• Bring back the draft (and include women).

• Increase how much you pay for interest rates on your student loans.

• Raise how much comes out of your paycheck for taxes and fees.

• Raise tuition at state schools.

• Fund or not fund services such as libraries, parks, kindergartens, health clinics and other low-income safety nets.

• Decide issues on your street like when to fix potholes, set parking fees, change speed limits, and fix streetlights.

Traditionally, young people comprise the smallest voting bloc. The employed and homeowners are the ones most likely to vote. Jobs and cost of housing are major factors in this election.

Voter apathy has its costs. Less than 20 voters decided Washington’s governor, twice. Recalling an irresponsible elected official who won out of public apathy and ignorance is very expensive.

The responsible voter needs to research the candidates’ pamphlets from the county auditor’s office, attend a candidates’ forum, and go to www.vote411.org. Yes, even for a primary.

It is easy to register at www.piercecountywa.org/auditor. It is also easy to vote. Simply put on a stamp and drop it in the mail or send it free in the 27 ballot deposit sites around the county. Then post on Facebook, “I voted.”

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