Go out and Vote Today! Youth, Voting and the Impact of a Moms Voice

I registered to vote in college.  It was quite simple, MTV was on site and was giving away T-Shirts for Rock the Vote!  How could I miss out on a FREE T-Shirt from MTV!  As I have grown older and wiser, I have taken a sense of pride in educating myself about the candidates, the propositions and voting.

These days when I go to the polls I notice that there are a lot fewer people who are voting and even less youth.  An Infographic on Youth Voting determined that college youths are more likely to vote than young adult voters.  The issues they are most passionate about are the economy, healthcare, social issues and energy.

My hope for the 2012 election is that more youth will be involved in voting and being active on the causes that are important in 2012.  With 46 million young adults eligible to vote in the 2012 election I’m sure their votes will have an impact on the election. I’m not sure that giving youth T-Shirts will work anymore.  However, as moms we can encourage youth to vote by educating them and making voting a topic of discussion more than once a year.   Our kids won’t vote unless we equip  them with the knowledge to make them realize the impact their vote has on our society and its future.   We can’t make a difference if we don’t vote.

Do you agree with the infographic on Youths and Voting?  Will you be voting in 2012?  How will you encourage youth to vote in your community?  Can parents influence their child’s likelihood to vote?

Eva Smith

Eva is Publisher of Tech Food Life Magazine.She has been featured on USA Today as a Top Blogger to Watch, Voxxi's Most Powerful Latinas in Social Media and Latina Magazine's Top 25 Latinas Who Shine in Technology.

She is an Engineer, Digital Entrepreneur andNonprofit Advocate with over 20 years experience in IT. She is a tech expert, content developer, consultant & speaker.

Comments

  1. I am going to vote this election. I think I have always voted since the age of 18. I think it’s much more difficult to motivate kids to vote now. Like you said, a t-shirt isn’t going to make a difference. Social media tactics may just do the trick, especially with celebrities. I feel that these strategies are way more effective. We have to speak their language.

  2. Excellent post. It’s so important to vote and have our voices heard. I was at a conference today and George Lopez said that it’s one thing to register voters, but then even the registered voters aren’t voting. We, and by we I mean Latinos and moms, need to vote, write letters, speak out for the causes we care about.

  3. I never thought much of voting or politics until my late twenties. And after I became a mother – I knew I had to be educated about the decisions I was making. I think it’s important to make sure our youth know that their vote matters.

  4. Teach by example. Use your vote and encourage others to do the same. I hope my daughters vote as soon as they are eligible.

  5. I always use my right to vote. I always voted in Colombia and I vote in U.S.A.

  6. I love voting! This was an wonderful post!!

  7. It’s a privilege and a freedom to vote…so many people don’t…if we want to see change…have our voices heard…we need to vote! : )

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