By Maggie McComas | October 6, 2020
Many people often think, “my vote doesn’t matter,” or “one vote doesn’t make a difference.” Being a young voter myself, I often hear that students my age either do not want to make the effort to vote, or simply just don’t understand that their vote really does count. At one time, I mistakenly also did not recognize the importance of voting. I quickly realized, however, that I cannot want or hope for change within our government if I do not exercise my right to vote. My generation needs to use our voices to stand up and demand change. We are a generation of hope, love, and courage, and using our voices to vote is our chance to make that difference.
Voting has never been more crucial. One vote can and DOES make a difference. For state-level races, there is no Electoral College, meaning that each person’s vote counts. Aimee is proof that every person needs to vote because she lost the election just by 2,500 votes in 2018 — that’s not even a nine point margin. If we want to see improvement in our state, it is imperative that everyone uses their right to vote to elect Aimee this year. Each and every one of us must exercise our right this election and join together to make a change.
Young voters are a diverse group and often demand change and social justice. We want to live in inclusive communities, have access to affordable healthcare, and be educated properly. However, demand as we may, change is not always created unless our elected officials make that change. We, as young voters, have the ability to sway elections if we all use our right to vote, which we did not always have. Women, people of color, and people ages 18-20 were not able to all collectively vote until 1971. These people demanded the right to vote until it was given to them, so we cannot take it for granted and need to use that right that we now have.
You, yes you, can start voting in-person on Oct. 6 at:
- Judicial Center, 1 Hamilton County Square, Noblesville 46060, Suite 106
- Hamilton County Fairgrounds Annex Building, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville 46060
*Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Nov. 2, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fishers locations for early voting in-person open Oct. 21:
- Billericay Park Building, 12690 Promise Road
- Roy G. Memorial Park, 1 Park Drive
*Hours: Oct. 21-22, 2-7 p.m.; Oct. 23-24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Oct. 28-29, 2-7 p.m.; Oct. 30-31, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you are going to be out of the county during voting hours, you must request an absentee ballot by Oct. 22. You can do so online or by mail. Make sure to mail it back as quickly as possible or drop it off in-person at the Hamilton County Election Office at 1 Hamilton County Square.
Contact your County Clerk’s office for more information.
Remember, it’s up to you to go vote. Vote for somebody who will listen to your voice. Vote for Aimee Rivera Cole.