People around the country today are heading to their local polling stations to cast a ballot for the midterm elections. Don't know much about it? Don't worry, you're not alone. The midterms deal with local issues and don't get the same amount of national or global buzz as a presidential election does. In fact, statistics show that there is a huge drop off between voters who participate in presidential elections and those who participate in midterm elections—only about 40 percent of eligible citizens vote.

If past midterms are any indication, many of the young voters who came out in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections won't be making it to polling stations today. Young voters tend to vote Democrat, so without them at the polls, older voters who lean Republican will make up a majority of voters. That's what's happened in most of the last few election cycles: a Democrat wins the majority vote for the presidency, while more Republicans get sent to the Senate two years later.

If you want to see a change in a our country, keep in mind that a big turn out in any election better reflects the needs of the people. So, here are 15 reasons why you should take some time out today to read about what's on your local ballot and vote.