The 2018 midterm elections may have come and gone, but their importance to ZCHS students has left a lasting impact. With a fraction of the student body being of voting age, each election brings about months of research, discussion, and excitement. Sophia Petts, senior, shared what it was like to vote for the first time.
“I had never really paid much attention to a midterm election before,” Petts said. “This year, knowing I would turn eighteen by November, I decided I needed to keep up with the election in order to have an informed vote.”
Knowing all sides of a situation before making a decision is crucial, especially when that decision determines the people who govern the nation. Many voters like to research the candidates up for election, and in fact, plenty of government-run websites provide links to credible, non-partisan sources of candidate information.
“It was a little harder than I had expected to form a good opinion about the candidates, because they all seemed to say the same things,” Petts said. “I found it most helpful to look at what they’ve actually accomplished in the past rather than promises for the future.”
While many underclassmen are unable to cast their votes, students like Julianna Argentine, sophomore, believe in the importance of voting.
“I definitely plan to vote,” Argentine said. “I feel that it is not only a responsibility but a privilege as a US citizen[…] Everyone should express their thoughts and show their opinions in a nonviolent way, and voting is the perfect way to do so.”
Petts had the same thoughts in mind when she voted last week.
“It felt great to participate in such a monumental midterm election and to have my voice heard,” Petts said. “We get to live in a country that allows its people to have a voice, and to waste that opportunity is a shame to me.”