Opinion: Sick of feeling politically marginalized? Vote!

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By Innokenty Loon

Youth voter turnout is at an all time low, according to the US census bureau. In a study released in April 2014, the US Census revealed that between 1964 and 2012 the youth vote (18-24 year olds) has declined from 50.8% to 38%. The youth vote is very important and if 18-24 year olds do not get out and vote their views will be drowned out by the demographics that do vote (which right now is highest among 65 years and older demographic at 69.7%). With this decrease in mind, it should be noted that the current looming presidential election has many important issues on the table and voting has never been more important, regardless of one’s age.

This election comes at a time were America is facing some of it’s greatest challenges. Globally Russia is becoming more assertive, global warming is continuing to alter the planet and ISIS has expanded into several continents among many major global issues. Domestically the income inequality gap continues to expand, social issues are always on the forefront (abortion, gay rights, gender equality, etc.), and the country is in a increasingly polarized state.

From the Republican field the presumptive frontrunner Donald Trump has listed the following policies: a plan to make Mexico pay for a border wall to protect the borders of the US, end birthright citizenship (that being born in the US confers citizenship), and a complete ban on Muslims entering the US. The closest rival to Donald Trump, Ted Cruz has also proposed a border wall (although he has not made the claim Mexico must pay for it), specifically states on his site that he will “stand with Israel” and attempt to defund the UN if it maintains an anti-Israel bias, and the elimination of the IRS, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Commerce, and department of Housing and Urban development.

On the Democratic side Hilary Clinton who is the presumptive frontrunner has been in a tight competition with Bernie Sanders for the nomination. Clinton’s policies include: having a cure for Alzheimer’s disease by 2025, defeating ISIS, and putting an end to mass incarceration. Her rival Sanders, has some outspoken positions as well: making college tuition free and debt free, a single-payer national health care program, and a national 15$ national wage.

California will hold its primary elections on June 7th and there is still ample time to register to vote. Once the primaries have concluded, the general election will be held on November 8th where the highest office in the US will be on the line. To register to vote and for more election information visit the Los Angeles Country Registrar’s website.