With the 2020 election just around the corner, candidates have been tirelessly working to secure voter interest. However, those voters are about to change with a new amendment to the constitution. For all future elections, including the upcoming presidential election, only citizens below or at the age of 18 will be able to cast a vote; everyone who is 19 years of age or older will have to accept their new, voiceless role in our democracy.
This new amendment was suggested shortly after the controversial 2016 election which split the country and led to the development of polarized political factions. The Supreme Court decided that the Founding Fathers had it wrong and they could no longer trust the average American adult to make these decisions. Instead, they will hand the choice over to the next generation.
“Frankly, I think they should’ve made this change a lot sooner,” senior Jenn Zee said. “I’m tired of politicians being elected that look old enough to be my grandpa and only want to talk about the ‘good ole days’ when everything cost a nickel and electricity hadn’t been invented.”
From here on out, every baby born in the U.S. will receive their official voting registration at the hospital. Every youth who is currently eligible to vote must go to their local DMV or Babies R Us to register. Anyone caught attempting to vote over the age of 18 faces up to 12 years in prison or being forced to work for five years at Chuck E. Cheese.
With this change in voter demographics comes a change in political policy. Government analysts are predicting that many of the key issues in American politics will change as a reflection of the younger constituents. For example, they expect climate change, free college and Daycare For All to become the most important issues.
“The kids these days all know so much more about politics than I was young because of social media,” congressional candidate Libra Tarrian said. “So I’ve been trying to connect with them online with their SnipChats and their Tok Ticks.”
Election Day will become a national school holiday and it’s requested that teachers don’t give students homework the night before, although they probably still will. Children who are unable to read or speak will be given pictures to point at to cast their votes. The voting system will be the same as the current system for minors who are old to check off a box and cast the ballot, although some have suggested making it a question on the SAT so that students have to pay College Board to vote.
The United States was built on the concept of democracy and the idea that everyone should have a voice. Now, it’s time to give the youth of America the opportunity to speak out about their beliefs by taking power away from the Baby Boomers and giving it to the babies.
“I think it could work out,” Millie Ennialle said. “At very least, it makes more sense than caucuses and the electoral college.”