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Here’s A Simple Voter Registration Form Just For Women Because #OurVoteCounts

Here’s a fun fact: Our generation — the Millennials — makes up 31 percent of eligible voters. If we wanted to, we could completely change the results of elections.

But here’s a less fun fact: While our generation has a lot of potential voters, we tend to not have a lot of actual voters.

Meanwhile, women of all ages make up a massive number of voters. Single (i.e. unmarried) women, in particular, are an important voting group in this election.

But just 45 percent of women aged 18 to 24 voted in 2012, according to the Center for American Women and Politics.

We have to do better than that, because our rights count, our decisions about our bodies count, our families count, our salaries count and #OurVoteCounts.

Do you really want to feel like you could’ve done something come January?

You can register to vote right here in this post, thanks to Rock the Vote. We partnered with them and more than 50 other media organizations to get women registered. (Men, you can register, too.)

Millennials have passions and beliefs and activism, but we’re not turning that into votes.

When you don’t vote, you are doing literally nothing. The only statement you are making is that you don’t give a shit about your rights and the direction this country takes.

Now, I know we all like to say our vote doesn’t matter, but think about it. You talk about how your vote doesn’t matter so you won’t vote. Then your friends hear you and they decide to do the same thing. Then their friends hear them and they all decide to do the same thing, and so on and so forth.

And then we end up losing the voice of our entire generation, all because you thought your one vote doesn’t count. But guess what? #OurVoteCounts.

This may be the single most important presidential election of our lifetime.

Mostly given that one nominee wants to change the face of our country by kicking out immigrants and blocking Muslims from entering and increasing stop-and-frisks and so on.

Do you really want to feel like you could’ve done something come January?

It’s a supremely important election for women. After all, one presidential nominee has a recorded history of sexism.

He has not shown belief that the gender pay gap exists or that he’d support equal pay. He proposed a paid maternity leave policy that leaves out fathers and same-sex male couples.

He has said that women who get abortions should be punished. Just this month, he reinforced anti-abortion plans. He said he would defund Planned Parenthood and make the Hyde Amendment permanent law.

I realize you may find it hard to get pumped up about the two major party nominees this year.

And that’s fine. You’re not always going to have a fantastic nominee with whom you relate and support 100 percent.

You can look at other people running for office, including Jill Stein and Gary Johnson (although you might want to know that Johnson doesn’t know what Aleppo is and doesn’t care about climate change).

Meanwhile, there are other things to vote for besides just the president. There are lower ballot races that will probably have more of an impact on your life, as well as votes on certain issues. Do some googling on your local races before November.

Time is running out for you to register.

There’s a lot at stake here, so I’ll stop talking and just let you get to it:

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Alexandra Svokos

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Alexandra is a senior politics writer at Elite Daily. She previously worked at HuffPost and has been published in Vox, Glamour, Refinery 29, Mic, Cosmopolitan and Quartz. Find her on Twitter / FB @asvokos and at tinyletter.com/asvokos
Alexandra is a senior politics writer at Elite Daily. She previously worked at HuffPost and has been published in Vox, Glamour, Refinery 29, Mic, Cosmopolitan and Quartz. Find her on Twitter / FB @asvokos and at tinyletter.com/asvokos

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