Essay on The Youth : Students, Children, Future Taxpayers

1213 Words Mar 18th, 2016 null Page
Who is the youth: students, children, future taxpayers? It is known across America that when a person reaches the ripe age of 18, they are considered to be a young adult—a member of the next generation. Since this is true, it is essential for young people to register and practice their right to vote. Although the process of voting can be seen as complicated to new voters, this misconception should not keep the youth from voting. Currently, there is a lack of youth voters, so in order to increase the turnout, one should consider the impact of the youth and how they vote allows for more representation and support for leaders that will look toward their best interest. On July 1, 1971, congress approved the 26th Amendment: the right to vote at age 18. This amendment was an adjustment to the previous amendments regarding voting to modify the voting age from 21 to 18, expanding the right to 18 year olds. The image above depicts a student march that occurred in 1969 in support of the new amendment. In history, it is recognized that 18 is the age of adulthood; they are eligible to go to war, serve on a jury, legally buy cigarettes. Since young adults have many privileges and standards to live up to once they turn 18, it is logical for them to take action and practice the right to vote. The people shown above are determined, youthful and excited to bring change, so how else could we repay them, then by practicing the right they fought so hard to get. People have this notion that…

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