2018 Midterm Elections

As a first time voter in this past election, I felt almost giddy as I went through the candidates list and casted my ballot for the first time. I felt like I was doing something for my country, putting my vote out to elect someone I belived was the right candidate for the office that he or she was campaigning for. I wore the “I Voted” sticker proudly on my chest. On a grand scale, voter turnout amoung youth has been on the rise as each high school and college student steps up to vote. In fact, all across the country there has been an all time high turnout for youth voters.

While the election brought about a first for all the new voters, it also was a first for many of those who were elected to Congress. In fact, this election marked the first time that not only one but two Muslim women were elected to Congress: Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s nominee Ilhan Omar. Omar, in addition to being one of the first Muslim women in Congress, will also be the first Somali-American member. There have only been two other Muslims elected to Congress: Andre Carson and Keith Ellison. Both are currently in office.

As American citizens, voting is one of the basic rights given to us. It’s a right that many of the people on this land have fought and bled for. It is a right that was denied to so many in the past and still so many across the world. It is a privilege to vote, and as American citizens it is our duty to vote. If we do not, acheivements such as those of Tlaib and Omar would be much harder to accomplish.

To those that have already voted, congratulations. To those who are still under the age of 18, I encourage you to begin researching each side and finding those who you connect the most with. To those of you who are of age and have not voted, I encourage you to participate in the future. Every vote matters, especially yours.

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