But I’m 18: The non-voting population everyone forgets
Every year, millions of kids come of age in the U.S. Some turn 18 within weeks – even days – of the election. This year being an election year, these votes become even more important, as they affect America’s future as a whole.
But what about the others, the kids who turn 18 right after the election – the ones who miss this monumental moment for America all because of an arguably arbitrary cutoff?
Because the opinions of these soon-to-be adults matter just as much as those who become adults before Tuesday, Nov. 8, it feels only fair to give this overlooked population a voice.
Though many teenagers are upset about where their birthday falls in this election season, most have come to terms with this irrefutable fact (they did have 18 years to accept it, after all).
Madie C., a Souhegan High School senior born in early January, said although she considers herself involved in this election, "the fact that I can’t vote has made me a little more OK with not being up-to-date on everything."
Another student who turns 18 in January, who preferred to remain anonymous, said he is paying more attention to this presidential election in contrast to those of the past.
"This election is so different from those in the past," he said. "It changes everything."
Many young adults have strong opinions on what the result of this coming election could mean on a global scale.
"People don’t comprehend the global effects that the U.S. president has," said Madie C. "I spend most of my summers in Canada, considering myself basically a dual citizen, and Canadians are very afraid of the possibility of Trump becoming president."
Daria Dzen is a sophomore at Souhegan High School in Amherst.