Voting: Are Millenials Too Busy?

I go to work, leave the gym and get to the polls by 8:50pm. Phew, I made it by ten minutes. I can still vote and get my voice heard, I thought. “Sorry Mr. Kerney, you’re not registered to vote here.” Says the woman behind the table. “So, I have to go back to my old address and vote is what you’re saying?” I reply. “Yes sir. Sorry about that.” So now I can’t vote because I’ll never get back to my old place in under ten minutes. Well there goes my right to vote this year. Annoyed, I go home and it makes me wonder this: “Why can’t we vote through our cell phones or social media accounts? Sounds crazy right? But is it really? Is it really that crazy to think that I could cast my vote over the internet or cell?

In a recent study from our last vote, only 12% of voters under 30 voted. Under 12%? Seriously? Okay, I’m dumb and forgot to change my registration but let that sink in for a second. I’m pretty sure there were more votes for the person who American Idol 14 or whatever number they are on at this point. I seriously can’t wrap my head around the idea that only 12% of the people in this country under 30 are interested in what’s going on with Congress.

Maybe it’s the way we vote. You have to take time out of your day to go to your district and sign next to your name. Then you go in that claustrophobic booth and pick your candidates. Oh, and you only have a certain amount of time during the day to do it. After waiting in line and all that other mess, who has time for that? I barely did and then I couldn’t do it anyway. I work a full-time job, go to the gym and make dinner. Now, you want me to go stand in line and vote on issues? That’s clearly what I need, another time consuming task of the day.

My grandparents, who are retired, may have time to go and do that. Or maybe the stay at home parents have that kind of time. I live alone and work for a marketing agency as their social strategist and copywriter. Yes, I am on my phone all the time. That’s the nature of the beast though. My job relies on me always being available. My job hours are 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday but in reality, I never “turn off.”

I don’t see what’s so crazy about the thought of voting from your cell phone or an app. It’s not our nation hasn’t had problems with polls in general (Remember Florida and George Bush?). I know that not everyone would vote that way but why not make it an option? I was reading an article today, on the internet, notice I said where I read it, that Twitter is battling journalists as to where people get their news from. Twitter and the internet were two things that either didn’t exist or barely existed fifteen years ago. My job didn’t exist fifteen years ago. The world is changing and if you want to keep millenials interest, you need to work with them.

The world is evolving. Anti-gay marriage laws are being struck down. Marijuana is being legalized. We have our first black President. The world is changing. It’s crazy to think that these polls should stay the same way. First of all, no one would have to wait in line unless they chose too. Second, everyone who votes online/app, would all be digital and not have to sit there and have someone count the votes. It’s not the craziest thing in the world to think about. Plus, think about how much time it would save. People are always saying they don’t have enough time in the day to do this or do that. Well here is a time saver option for you.

I know people are going to tell me that I’m crazy or it’s a stupid idea but if you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. The older generation is dying out and a new generation is taking over. We have made drastic changes in the past because of technology, why should this be any different? If you want millenials and us younger generation to vote, there should be an easier way for us to do it. We are the ones that are still assistants and juniors in companies, that work long hours to get ahead. Why should it matter where we vote? As long as we vote, who cares where it’s from? At least we’re doing it.