Do you want to change the way our government is working? If so go out and VOTE.


Elisha Novoa

      In America, at the age of 18, you are entitled to speak your mind through voting. You are allowed to vote in both state and federal elections. By casting your vote, the elected official hears what you want, and, with their power, they will strive to make those improvements. That’s why it’s so necessary to vote. Voting brings change.

      Voting is one of the most important rights and obligations of U.S. citizens. Around 150 million American citizens are registered to vote. Unfortunately, plenty of you do not. By not voting you give up the opportunity to select leaders and representatives who can make changes that are important to you.

     In almost every election political authorities have referred to Latino voters as a “sleeping giant,” because we have some of the lowest voter turnouts. But slowly we change that ideology. In the last midterm election, 2018, California Latinos came out to vote and helped Democrats flip seven House seats and raised expectations for the role they may play in the 2020 election.      

    This year, Latinos are expected for the first time to be the nation’s largest ethnic minority voting block in a U.S. presidential election, with a record 32 million people who are eligible to vote. California alone holds roughly a quarter of the nation’s Latino electorate, with 7.9 million Latino eligible voters. As people of color and part of the Hispanic/Latino community, it is important to represent not just yourself but our community in elections.

   Increasing the number of people that vote in each election means better representation. The more representation our community sends out, the more funding we will receive, and, hopefully, a better quality of life. Elected officials listen to two things, money and votes. If we work together as a community and increase voter turnout, then our state and national legislators will listen to our needs. As voters, we can change the education system, healthcare benefits, economy, climate change, and more. We can do this just by voting. 

    We are the future. As GEN Z and people of color, our goal should be to change the culture around voting and close the race and age voting gap. Let’s make our mark now and Vote. Remember if you don’t Vote others will make the decisions for you! So go register to vote. The last day to register in California is October 19, 2020.