By Mitch Hughes
Though there was no big presidential election this year, November 4 was still host to some very important midterm elections in which some members of the Senate, House of Representatives, and Governors were up for re-election. After 24 hours, the Republicans have the majority in both the Senate and the House. Many of the political issues that hold most of the weight in this year’s midterm are not as relevant to the lives of students as some issues, but still a number of students were able to make it to the polls for their first time this year.
It is widely believed that younger voters tend to side with liberal ideology much more so than older voters because they seem to have more “political apathy,” according to The Economist newsletter. This year’s results may disprove that stereotype, as the Republican Party, supporting a more conservative ideology, are anticipated to win the majority in both houses of Congress. No matter which political party a young person aligns himself with, his vote is just as important as any other registered person’s.
For high school students, voting may seem to be more responsibility than they are used to. When asked what effect the vote of high school students may have on the results of these elections, BHS Senior Holden Hicks said, “I think it could lead to a lot more uneducated voters that vote based off of what they hear, rather than what they research for themselves.” This is makes complete sense considering the constant social interaction of many students. Another big factor influencing a student’s vote is their parents. Many students may hear their parents discussing politics and automatically vote as they do. The responsibility of voting can also put a good deal of pressure on new voters, as Holden said, “I felt like I didn’t know as much information about the people and issues as I should have when I went, so I didn’t vote on everything, just parts.” This is very understandable because of the fact that many students do not have the time, nor are they interested in researching political issues. Whether well- informed or ill-informed, it is still essential to our democracy that as many eligible people voice their opinion in polls as possible, so each individual is better represented and their interests remain relevant.