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Through The Eye Of A New Voter

Having just turned 18, I don’t want to vote in my first presidential election and this is why. Help me say what everybody else is thinking!

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My name is Jessica, I live in the DC metro area, and I just turned 18 on August 23rd. I have recently come to the conclusion that the only way for anybody to get their voice heard nowadays is through social media and posts "going viral", so I thought I might give it a shot on addressing an increasingly critical issue: the 2016 presidential election. 

Being one of the only politically educated teenagers (aside from Facebook and snapchat news)  in our current day society has proven to create difficult internal conflicts and controversies within myself. Despite the fact that the United States is a constitutional federal republic and the power should sit with the people through their ability to elect their leaders, I have personally never felt more powerless as a new voter at 18. This is because the 2016 election has become about choosing between a prejudice and demeaning candidate versus a mendacious and incessantly deceitful one. It has essentially become choosing the lesser of two evils. 

As a new voter and a woman, I should feel empowered and excited to have the ability to make an impact in the voting pool and take advantage of my freedoms in our society, but instead I feel trapped. Now, I don't want to go into hyper-analyzing everything that is wrong with each candidate, but I do feel that I should address exactly what it is that has made this election go so askew, as nobody else seems to be doing so. First off, in case nobody has noticed, both of our candidates seem to have been chosen due to the amount of media attention they received. Whether they achieved this through saying outrageous things or trying to gain popularity with the younger crowd through making vines, "any media is good media" seems to have proved true. 

I have much more to say on this matter, but I would first like to know that I have been heard and if you would like to help me be the person that says what everybody has been thinking. We should have the option to choose a presidential candidate that we trust and don't feel patronized by. Lets make our voices heard.

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