This election will make history but I don’t get a say. Here’s what it’s like to be an American teen in 2016.

Election day in the United States is just under three months away and the entire country is gearing up for one of the most historic (and wild) elections of all time.  However, because I’m 16, I’m not allowed to vote in the election that will change my future…what the heck?!

Yup, I’m not legally allowed to vote. However, I can legally drive a car, drop out of school, donate blood, and even get married. So, hypothetically, Harry Styles and I can officially elope right this very instant.

Donald Trump. Imagine if 40 years from now Kylie Jenner decided to run for president of the United States (free Kylie lip kits for all!), but Kylie Jenner also became sexist, homophobic, and racist. That’s Donald Trump. He became famous for being a super successful business man, and things really should have stayed that way. At first, people took him as seriously as they took this guy who promised every US citizen a pony.

Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 12.32.38 PMHowever, then he became the official nominee for the Republican party and things started getting a little scary. He began making empty threats that could put US citizens in serious danger if taken seriously and continued to make threats to current Hispanic and Muslim US citizens. And really, I seriously do not want a President who tweets stuff like this:

Hillary Clinton. The United States has made history by nominating Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee because she is the first woman in history to be the nominee for one of the two major political parties. I think that’s pretty incredible. To be witnessing an election where a woman is so close to becoming president is incredibly empowering for girls like me in America, and girls everywhere!

Unfortunately, there has been a fair share of Hillary scandals that give her a little bit of a bad reputation. Otherwise, she is totally qualified to be president because of her experience as the first lady (yes, her husband was President) and because of all the different political offices she’s held. She’s been around in US politics for over almost two decades, which is even longer than I’ve been alive.

So, what now? A lot of my friends and family are threatening not to vote at all, which I find painful because of how desperately I wish I could vote. This election could greatly effect my future by altering my college tuition rates, and potentially causing a necessary draft if we’re put into a war we don’t want to fight in. These are issues that don’t affect voters twice and three times my age. The most I can do is urge my friends and family to vote for who they think will be the better president, regardless of if they like either candidate.


Not to mention, other countries must think we’re crazy. I promise we’re trying our best here. If you need me, I’ll be binge-watching Netflix shows to get my mind off of this election until November 9th.

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Written by Julia Contorno

Lover of cats, concerts, and coffee.

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