By: McKenzie Stephens, Pulse Staff Reporter
Generation Z has had one of the most unpredictable years according to social media. For some, there will be a lot of firsts as they approach adulthood. The new decade brought a pandemic, racial injustices, protests and a split in the country due to politics. The circumstances have made people realize it’s time to take charge and make change to help the future of our country. The main way to do so is by voting.
Whether it be by phone, computer, TV, or radio you have seen an advertisement to vote. This year more than ever, everyone is adamant on exercising their right to vote as well as getting others to. Celebrities and social media platforms are making it a point to push voting and tell the public why it is crucial to not waste this opportunity.
“I think voting has become a huge deal recently because our generation has been outspoken and is fighting for the justice of a lot of people. Through petitions, supporting those in need and spreading information, we have been able to cause a shift in our reality. Voting isn’t something you just do to do, it’s to help the world and create the actions you want to see get done,” said by Ursula Lopez, a future 2020 voter.
Many don’t realize how much of a privilege it is to be able to exercise your right to vote and potentially change the structure of your country. “This is the first year that I can officially vote, and I am trying my hardest to get my friends to vote. They probably think I’m so annoying reminding them every day to register but I’m passionate about this and feel like its super important,” said St Philips student, Jenavee Cruz. Some people inside and outside of the United States can’t do this for reasons such as them being too young, not being a citizen, or simply not having the privilege because of their country’s government. Do not take this opportunity for granted the actions. What you want taken for this country matters.
On Tuesday November 3, 2020, please go down to the polls to safely cast your vote. There are many locations on the southside of San Antonio including our very own Palo Alto Community College in the Performing Arts Center. Early voting is now in session and dates and times are located on the PAC website. If you or someone you know is unable to physically go to the polls for voting because of age or disability, you can vote by mail. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in contact with your local election office or call (210)-335-VOTE.
You have a choice, use your voice.