Why the 2020 Election is Exciting for Upperclassmen

By: Hannah Saltz

The presidential election is approaching and many politicians from both parties are announcing their candidacy. Though the presidential election has always been an important topic, the 2020 election is especially important, specifically for current juniors and seniors. By November 2020, all juniors and seniors will be able to vote in their first presidential election (select seniors had the ability to vote in the 2018 midterms). There is something inspiring and exciting about voting for the first time. Just to clarify, being under the age of eighteen does not restrict you from being politically active! Calling your senators, attending protests, rallies and be active within your community is a great way to get involved! Having the ability to go to the polls and exercise democracy is empowering and exciting.

Though the election in November is extremely important, the primaries are equally as important. The primary election is defined as “(in the US) a preliminary election to appoint delegates to a party conference or to select the candidates for a principal, especially presidential, election.” A common myth is that someone can only vote in an election once they reach the age of eighteen. In presidential elections, this is not necessarily true. According to usa.gov, “ [In the state of Ohio] If you’re 17 and will be 18 on or before the general election, you can register to vote. You may also vote in the primary election to nominate candidates at 17, but you cannot vote on issues or party central committees until you are 18.”

Seeing as all upperclassman will have the ability to vote in the upcoming election, I believe it’s important to be aware of the candidates and their positions on issues. As of April 25th, twenty members of the Democratic party have announced their candidacy while two members (so far) of the Republican party announced their candidacy. Being politically aware has always been extremely important, but especially nowadays with the presidential election coming up. Go vote or get involved!

Below are some links I found helpful about candidates, voting, and more!

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/04/2020-candidates-president-guide/582598

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https://www.usa.gov/voter-registration-age-requirements

https://www.teenvogue.com/story/why-young-people-should-vote