Exercise your right: Why voting is important


Graphic by Eva McCord ’21.

Tower Editorial Board

On the marijuana survey The Tower conducted a few weeks ago, many of the responses we received read as “I don’t care” or “no opinion.” To us, this was a bit alarming. As journalists, we are taught to care and to be educated on topics that we may know nothing about to begin with.

While a majority of students are not currently of voting age, that does not mean students should remain ignorant until they turn 18.

We at The Tower believe everyone, whether you can or cannot vote in this election, should educate themselves about the election. What’s on the ballot? What are your opinions on the proposals and the candidates? What are the facts behind your opinion? For those who can vote, we urge you to use the right many have fought and died for.

If you are not of voting age, you can still exercise your political freedom. Support candidates you believe in. Visit their campaign office and ask to volunteer. Answer phones and deliver pamphlets or lawn signs. There are many things you can do to prepare yourself for your ability to vote when you turn of age.

We believe in the voice of all individuals, no matter your political stance. We urge you to share your opinions with others, and if you wish to reach more people, we encourage you to write a letter to the editor. We want to hear your voice.

The privilege of using your voice comes along with the responsibility to listen to others. Don’t be afraid to talk about a topic with someone who has a different viewpoint than you. Have an open mind. Don’t be afraid to disagree with others, but be willing to listen to them as well.

The Tower is a great source to educate yourself on problems and learn how these topics will affect our school and our community. In our last issue, we discussed the GPPSS bond proposal on the ballot in the Grosse Pointe Communities. This issue includes multiple stories based around the marijuana legalization proposal for the state of Michigan. We have spent a lot of time finding valuable sources and answering any questions students and community members may have on this issue. We encourage you to use the Tower to spark important conversation. While you may not be able to vote, these issues will still affect you in the future, and therefore it’s important to stay in the know.

There are also many reliable news sources that can provide you with important information that can familiarize you with the ballot. Find news sources you trust, and be open to reading about a stance you may disagree with. Ballotready.com lists all candidates and referendums in your area and can be a great place to start to inform yourself.

We are blessed to live in a country that allows for political freedom. The Tower encourages all students, parents and community members to use their voice respectfully and responsibility.