Voter turnout in California’s 2016 Presidential Primary was 35%. Does anyone care?

It’s frustrating seeing people complain online and in person about the current state of the government when they’re not doing anything themselves.

Some might question, “What can I do? I can’t change anything.”

Good news. You can vote.

When people vote, that is their opportunity to have their voice heard. That’s their chance to take their stance on important issues and to pick the people in office who make decisions on those laws.

While many may make the argument that their choice won’t matter because they’re simply an average person, that isn’t true. If everyone had that same point of view, there wouldn’t be any votes to count.

The reason why certain candidates or laws get elected and passed is because one person went out to their polling place to cast their ballot, and then another, and another.

People in history have fought simply to have those rights. Some who are currently living in the U.S. still don’t have that privilege, don’t waste the opportunity to vote when you can so easily do so.

If someone truly cared about the problems that affected their daily livelihood, then they’d go out and vote to bring about those changes.

Do you not care? Or do you simply not have the time?

In the event that they don’t care because it doesn’t relate to them, they should be questioning themselves why they don’t.

Although the issues may not relate to them, they could be affecting the people around them that they know, work with or care about.

Those concerns also may not be something they’re worried about in the present, however they might matter in the future.

While there are lots of candidates and propositions to vote on, there’s no reason to stay uneducated. With how current and fast technology is today, a quick search on a phone or computer can turn the ignorant into the most informed.

The 2018 election had the highest turnout of voters with 36% of those being 18 to 29-year-olds, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

College students, especially those attending Pierce College or one of the nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District, should have no excuse not to vote.

Each campus is having days where the public could come and cast an early vote for the primary elections on March 3.

While the registration deadline was February 18, students who attend can register and vote the same day.

So are you going to educate yourself, learn the issues and vote accordingly? Or will you do what they tell you?”