4 Reasons Why Millennials Should Vote
On April 17, 2019, 190 million Indonesian voters will set off to the polls to elect their President and Vice-President. On this day they will also elect 136 members of the national Region’s House, a kind of weak Senate, together with 575 members of the powerful House of Representatives. And yet, millennials don’t often vote because they don’t believe that our political system can be a vehicle for change and they don’t think their votes will make a difference.
This is actually a very popular misconception. Millennials are needed more than ever in local, state, and national elections. Some of the most compelling reasons are:
- Millennials account for almost half of the voting population in Indonesia, making them a powerful political force.
There are approximately 90 million millennials (20-34 years old) out of 190 million Indonesian voters. Millennials have the potential to be extremely influential in this country. Today, the voting population includes almost equal parts of millennials and baby boomers. As the boomer electorate decreases in size, experts suggest it is merely a matter of time before millennials become the largest and most powerful group that will drive future elections.
- Millennials / young people were hit hardest by the great recession.
Millennials who want to inspire change need to show their support for the candidates whom they feel best represent their needs. No one else is going to vote for our interest other than ourselves.
College debt and lack of jobs dealt some of the most crippling blows to the financial futures of many young voters after the Great Recession in the late 2000s. Though unemployment rates have declined and millennials have found their footing in a new economy, policy change and reform in areas affecting college students such as debt forgiveness and healthcares are as crucial as they were before.
- It’s easier than ever to be an educated voter.
In this era, there is no excuse not to vote because you don’t know enough about the candidates. In fact, one might find it harder to escape day-to-day political news than subscribe to it. The current online technologies allows young voters to see a fuller picture of the candidates in platforms they’re familiar with.
- You may not care now, but you might in five years.
You may feel that choosing a president or a senator isn’t something that affects your life right now. You might not yet be struggling with issues like college debts or finding a full-time job. For many millennials, adulthood brings many new challenges such as college, marriage, buying a house, and paying for your own health insurance. These could radically change your perspective on political issues. While you can’t predict who or where you’ll be in five years, you can be sure that the political officials elected and the policies they implement will impact your life in the coming months and years.
So speak up, make a choice, and take part in the election. Every vote counts !