New Voters Can Decide Elections—If Campaigns Reach Them!
Young people who have turned 18 since the 2020 election are a sizable group that is diversifying the electorate and can have a divisive impact. In Spring 2022, members of the League of Women Voters Columbia Boone County interacted with about 400 high school students in Columbia Public Schools. Responding students recommended the League create a web page dedicated to—and for—young people.
This is a space for young people to be Creators of Voting Information
and Consumers of existing information.
- Learn about voting and how to register to vote
- Learn about issues and elections
- Offer comments to other young people about voting
- Contribute to knowledge about issues
- Interact with others
Voting In Our Democracy—It Matters!
Some young people ask “Why should I vote? My vote won’t change anything.“
You vote because your vote gives you power! If you don’t vote, your opinions won’t matter. By not voting, you are giving up your right to be an active participant in our democracy. You are actually saying that your opinions don’t matter and that you don’t care what leaders get elected.
Is this what you want for yourself?
Your voice—like the voice of every American citizen—is needed to keep our democracy moving forward. Your vote helps elect the people in government who make the decisions that affect every part of your life: the taxes you pay, the healthcare you receive, the educational opportunities that are open to you, the air you breathe, the water you drink, the quality of the food you eat, the roads and bridges you drive on, and so many more.
What you believe and want matters, and your VOTE is your VOICE.
The photos above show LWV volunteers visiting Battle, Douglass, Hickman and Rock Bridge High Schools, and Columbia College, in October 2022 to register young voters and promote voting.
In Spring 2022, members of the League of Women Voters of Columbia Boone County interacted with about 400 high school students in Columbia Public Schools. The above list shows what those students identified as the issues most important to them.