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Don’t be me. Register to vote now!

Sarah Moon

I did it. I finally registered to vote.

I turned 18 in April with every intention of registering right away. But I did not. I actually registered to vote in September. I constantly put it at the bottom of my list, until I realized that it had been five months. I am the type of person to constantly advocate for young voters and the importance of voting, but I had not followed my own advice.

Now that I’m finally on the other side, I can tell you the process was way less involved than I had anticipated. The only hard part is knowing your social security number, which you should probably memorize if you are 18 because you start to use it a lot.

Other than that, the rest of the information is very simple: your name, your address, your date of birth.

If you are like me, constantly pushing registering to vote at the bottom of your list, let me tell you why you should take a few moments to register to vote now.

Young voters like us (18-24) have historically had low turnout in elections. The 2020 presidential election saw the highest voter turnout among young voters in history, but only around 50% of all eligible young voters actually voted in that election. Previous presidential elections have had even lower turnouts. In the 2016 presidential election, only around 39% of young voters voted.

The situation is even worse in local elections. In Memphis, only 6.5% of eligible voters vote in local elections. Of those voters, 49% were over the age of 65. Only 8.4% were between the ages of 18-24. That’s not great.

Much of the real change happens within communities and starts with these local elections.

In the end, we should all register to vote. Our votes matter more than we think. We, as young people, have the ability to create real change in our communities and in our country.

Although it may be too late to register to vote in this upcoming local election, make sure that you do not miss the presidential election. So, go register if you have not already.

While we still have you, register now! 

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Anna Smith is starting her senior year at St. Mary’s and fourth year on Tatler. She is excited to write articles about things she is passionate about like TV shows, movies and music. Anna is a big fan of Phoebe Bridgers and has been to three of her concerts. At her favorite Phoebe concert, she even got to meet Phoebe! Her favorite Phoebe song of all time is “Scott Street.” Anna likes other artists too, including Boygenius and Clairo who she got to see this past summer at the musical festival, RESET. When she isn’t listening to music, Anna enjoys practicing yoga and meditation and eating her favorite food, potatoes! Potatoes are her favorite because they can be prepared in so many different ways. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her friends and watch TV. Anna is excited to start her senior year and can’t wait to write amazing articles for Tatler!
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