Voting in local, state and national elections is one of the most important duties of an engaged citizen. College-age voters account for almost one-third of the eligible voting population.
Voting is more than just electing a candidate, it’s choosing the policies and people who have your best interests in mind when making decisions that will affect our community, state and nation. When you vote, you are taking an active role in deciding about issues such as health care, equal opportunity, voting rights, infrastructure, jobs, education, neighborhood safety, taxes, etc.
Don't let others decide for you. Do you want someone else deciding for you the laws that will affect your family and community?
A Portland State University study found that fewer than 15% of eligible voters were turning out to vote for mayors, council members and other local offices. Low turnout means that important local issues are determined by a limited group of voters, making a single vote even more statistically meaningful.