• Voting Isn’t the Only Way to Impact this Election

    The 2016 presidential election is a pretty big deal. It’s possible that this election might be the biggest presidential election of our lives. The stakes are HYUGE (pun intended)! This 2016 election is the most important election since the Civil War because Donald Trump is running for president. Yes, Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for president of the United States of America.

    It took me a while to fully comprehend what that means. It means that a portion of our country agrees with his misogyny, calls to ban all Muslims from entering the USA, and plans to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. I could go on and on and on and on. Sometimes it feels like a bad dream, but as I keep pinching myself I realize it's real.

    Sadly, Donald Trump has been able to utilize fear and hate to gain the support of many Americans, and due to that Donald Trump could become president of the United States of America (I hope not!!!!!!!!!). This is why my main priority for the past months had been making sure that Donald Trump never, ever, ever becomes president of the United States of America.

    Additionally, I wholeheartedly support Hillary Clinton. Her experience, values, and unwavering support for human rights are just some of the qualities that would make me so proud to see her as our first woman president!! Given those two reasons (fear of Trump and excitement for Hillary) this election is making me simultaneously afraid and thrilled. I am really scared of who will be controlling our country: controlling our nuclear weapons, military, and international relationships. That is why, more than ever, I feel the need and sense of urgency to stop Trump and get Hillary into the White House.

    I can't vote, so sometimes it feels like I can never truly make an impact in a presidential election. I think this fact prevents many teenagers from watching politics and educating themselves about the issues. However, I’ve learned throughout this year that there are many ways to be active in a presidential election, even if you are a teen who is not yet eligible to vote.

    The first way is really simple: make YOUR voice heard. Whether you are talking to friends, family, or teachers, don't be afraid to share your opinion. Sometimes you might not be the most educated person in the room, but your opinions are valued and important and they deserve to be listened to. I recommend posting on Facebook, watching the debates and talking about them in school. Even listening and sharing your opinions with those with whom you may disagree is a fabulous way to get your thoughts out there.

    Another way to get involved is to make calls for Hillary. Hillary has an amazing feature on her website HillaryClinton.com/calls. From there you can call registered voters, and ask them where they stand on the issues, and share your own opinion. Afterwards, you input the data into an online form to help the Hillary campaign to recruit supporters and gain important data. You can also go to your local Hillary campaign office and make calls from there if that is more comfortable for you.

    Another way to get involved is to find a Hillary event near you. Whether attending a campaign rally or canvassing for Hillary within your own state or a state nearby, attending political events is a great way to meet Hillary supporters and help recruit others.

    Lastly, a new method of getting involved in the Hillary campaign is downloading the Hillary 2016 app. On the app you can share your support for Hillary with friends, learn more about Hillary's policies, decorate your own Hillary headquarters, and get real world prizes! It’s a brand new app and it’s super fun.

    The next eighty days are the perfect time to come together as teens in order to make a difference in this election. Our thoughts, our voices, and our passion are needed in these few pivotal months. By working together we can and will make sure our country continues on a just and prosperous path.

    Photo credit to Marc Nozell

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