"I vote because I don’t have a choice. I’m a bi college student with debt that needs canceling and disabilities that need Medicare For All. I’m a woman who needs unhindered access to reproductive healthcare, and I’m a young person living in an industrial city on a rapidly dying planet.
Politics isn’t a hobby for me; it’s an existential threat, as it is for so many of my loved ones whose rights would be attacked. And as badly as I want to just give up and go home, I know that things will get even worse if fewer people vote. So since I’m not incarcerated, I’m lucky enough to have been born in America, and I have access to a polling location with the means to get there, I will be voting in the best interests of people who don’t have those things. But I’m not stopping there. The other days of the year, I will be pressuring my elected officials to be better at their jobs and keep their promises. I’ll be keeping up with the news. If they do what they said they will, and defend the vulnerable people they represent, I’ll gladly vote for them repeatedly. If they don’t, I will vote them out of office and replace them with someone who will."
Adrienne is a 22-year-old Social Sciences undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh with a concentration in economics, history, and psychology.