Too often we, our peers, and our neighbors question the purpose of voting and whether our vote can make a difference. Well, would they try to suppress the right to vote if there was no point or if it had no ability to compel change? Our elected officials serve at the will of the people who are eligible and show up to vote. In 2016 voter turnout was highest among white non-Hispanic individuals over the age of 65, resulting in a government that looks and thinks the same way as the voters who elected them into office.
That demographic has the highest turnout rate because voter suppression is still alive and well in America. Voter suppression laws and measures like cuts to early voting, voter ID laws, and purges of voter rolls all disproportionately impact Black, Latinx, American Indian or Alaska Native, low-income, and transgender voters.