As I walked out of the precinct with my “I voted” sticker, I beamed with joy and excitement. I wanted to tell everyone I walked by that I just voted for the first time. With this joy also came a feeling of responsibility. The responsibility to stay informed, interested, and active in elections. I wanted to encourage everyone to get out and vote.
I believe right now is the most crucial time for young people, like me, to vote. To have pride in our election system and our country, we all must participate, and we must fight for a system in which we can all have access to the polls.
This midterm election will be my first major election, giving me the chance to vote for candidates that will help shape America and my generation. I am proud to be a young voter, and I am proud to take part in our democracy.