Youngest Voters Explain Why Their Votes Matter

High school students in greater New Brunswick area shared essays and videos on the ‘Y’ vote with League of Women Voters

From Bridgewater-Raritan High School’s Y Vote video
The voice of the youngest voters has maybe never reverberated quite as much as it has for this year’s midterm congressional elections.

Whether responding to the Parkland, Fla. high school shooting, to climate change or to a host of other issues, the generation in their teens and 20s are staking an unprecedented claim in getting out the vote.

The League of Women Voters of the Greater New Brunswick Area reached out to area high schools to make the case for the importance of that youth vote in its “Y Vote Essay and Video Contest.” More than 77 essays were submitted, and 14 videos. Last week, the chapter announced its awards.

Inica Kotasthan of Watchung Hills Regional High School, who won first place in the essay contest, summed things up:

Many young voters find themselves under the predisposition that their vote is futile, and will make no difference. They ask themselves, ‘why bother?’ and are convinced that it is nothing but a waste of time. The truth is quite the contrary. A common thought of students is that each vote is a voice, fighting against millions of other opposing voices for a chance to be heard. However, a vote is not a singular opinion fighting for attention; each vote is a whisper that joins hundreds of thousands of others, until they all come together and form a large, deafening wall of perspective that needs to be listened to.

Here are two of the winning entries in the video category:

Bridgewater-Raritan High School’s Y Vote video

Franklin High School Aspects After Hours Club Why Vote video

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