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Democracy thrives on active citizenship engagement. Voting is not only a right; it’s a fundamental responsibility. It is the cornerstone upon which the entire system rests while empowering individuals to have a say in their government’s decisions. The government represents the will of the people, but for it to do so accurately, citizens must make their voices heard. Voting ensures that every citizen’s voice is equal. Regardless of age, race, gender, or socio-economic status, the ballot box is a great equalizer. By registering and voting, people assert their rights and contribute to a more equitable society. It’s a way to hold elected officials accountable and push for policies that benefit all members of the community.

Despite this in the 2020 presidential election only 52% to 54% of eligible voters aged 18-24 cast their ballots, highlighting the urgent need to engage voting awareness. Youth represent the future of any nation, and their voices should be heard loud and clear in the political arena. Their fresh perspectives, innovative ideas, and passion for change can reshape the political landscape. Engaging young voters not only ensures that their interests are represented but also invigorates the democratic process with new energy and ideas. 

National Voter Registration Day, celebrated this year on September 19th, serves as an important reminder of the necessity of participating in the democratic process. National Voter Registration Day is a non-partisan holiday celebrated across the United States annually. It is an effort towards ensuring that every eligible citizen, regardless of political affiliation, is registered to vote. 

National Voter Registration Day is a crucial reminder of the power of the ballot. It is a day to emphasize that democracy is not a spectator sport, and every eligible citizen must play a part in shaping the nation’s future. The disappointing turnout of 18-24-year-old voters in the 2020 presidential election should serve as a wake-up call. Engaging and empowering our youth is not just a matter of encouraging them to vote; it’s about fostering a sense of civic duty and responsibility that will endure for generations. 

Let us remember that voting is not simply is privilege, it is a duty. A duty we owe to ourselves, our community, and this country. By participating in the democratic process, we are ensuring that our voices will be heard, that our values will be represented by the administration and that this nation continues to thrive. 

It is up to us to make sure that each and every vote counts. We owe it to the future generation. 

Heyy I’m the President of Her Campus UTD, juggling the world of words and numbers as an economics major on the pre-law track. I believe in the power to entertain and empower using words. So, join me in this adventure and let’s write our story together one article at a time!