I am voting for the first time this year. I could have voted 4 years ago but did not understand the importance of my vote, or take the time to become knowledgeable of the candidates or issues. This year I have taken the time to do just that. For COM416, my Public Relations capstone, we are working throughout the semester to create an information campaign about a political issue. The issue I have been researching for this semester is Education (the No Child Left Behind Act, charter schools and vouchers) and during my research I became extremely interested in reading what Barack Obama and John McCain had to say about all of these issues.
I understand why I did not vote when I was 18, and why I find it so important 4 years later. I am not saying that the issues and voting were not important 4 years ago, but I think a person can grow up so much in 4 years. I understand more about the government and more in general now than I did when I was 18, but also I will be graduating soon and taxes, job opportunities and other things are so much more relevant to me now.
Something else I have found interesting through all of the debates and campaigning is how different my family feels about each of the candidates. My family is completely split between the two and I love the heated conversations we get into about each of them.
Personally I will be voting for Barack Obama and am very proud to say so. I think there definitely needs to be a change in the United States and I think he will give that to us. Either way you plan on voting, I think it is great that you are doing so. It is so important and obviously it can change the future of this country.