Election or bust: students take to the voting booths for the first time

Sophia Kapla '23, Staff Writer

The class of 2023 has some students eligible to vote in the upcoming election, but some choose not to take advantage of that right. (Photo by Jennifer Burk on Unsplash )

The upcoming election on November 8 poses a unique question to many seniors – whether or not to take advantage of their voting rights. Many seniors have turned or are turning 18 and are now eligible to vote in this year’s election.

The upcoming election includes the new school board, governor for Michigan and many general political figures up for re-election. Seniors now can have the power to vote for who they believe best represents the future for politics and for schools at home. With new generations, being able to vote it’s a new perspective on how our generation views politics and even the politics that go on in our own community. But some rather not vote because of the lack of knowledge on subjects and because some seniors simply choose not to.

However, not many young people choose to vote, leaving a gap in the representation of the generation’s political beliefs. For many, it’s a lack of interest in voting.

Stephanie Kaznowski ’23 is taking advantage of her voting rights for this upcoming election. She says it is important to vote so that our voices are heard.

“I think it’s important to vote because these elections can change our future,” Kaznowski said.

However, some 18-year-olds don’t vote because they feel they aren’t represented, but Kaznowski believes that being able to vote can change the impact of the outcome.

“I want to participate in voting,” Kaznowski said. “Even if I only play a small role in the outcome, I still want to share my vote.”

Some seniors at South such as Jack Bouton ’23 don’t feel the need to vote. He believes it’s unnecessary since his vote doesn’t get as much recognition.

“Our votes don’t receive any outcome,” Bouton said. “There’s no point in me voting right now because I feel there is not much that would help impact the outcome of the election.”

Keiran Rahmaan ’23 also says that voting at his age is pointless because his vote doesn’t feel represented compared to the rest of the community and adult’s opinions.

“I don’t feel the need to go out of my way and vote on Tuesday,” Rahmaan said. “I also think that many of our seniors don’t really know the process to vote, and don’t know the importance of it.”

Even though the seniors right now are in the school system feel unrepresented and it’s overwhelming to vote for something that can impact our school system for example, says Rahmaan.

“There’s no point in voting for our school system when us seniors are leaving the system and won’t be in it anymore,” Rahmaan said. “We might as well leave it up to the adults to choose for their kids that will still be in the school system.”