Voting grants us the opportunity to officially or formally express our opinions. While voting generally refers to a process by which citizens make decisions regarding laws, public issues, and the election of public officials, voting can also refer to selecting the winner of a fun contest or selecting peers to hold office in extracurricular clubs. At the local, state, and federal levels, people vote in the United States.
Voting is important in a large number of ways. Here are a few of those ways:
- Every vote counts.
- Break stereotypes that cast young people as lazy, careless, and irresponsible.
- Multiple people and groups fought hard for the right to vote (USA).
- Casting your vote can serve as an honor to those who fought for the right to vote and for those who don’t have that right.
- Our government impacts many aspects of our lives, including schools, homeland security, and healthcare. Voting is your opportunity to officially voice your opinion to help create the impact that you would like to see in your community/society.
- To piggy back off the previous point, you have a chance to help mold your future.
- If you’re involved in a club or sport, you can help determine the club or team’s leadership, which can greatly impact your entire club or team. If you have a great leader, you can accomplish more.
- If you’re voting for a contest, you can help determine who wins and maybe help that winner earn a prize.
- Cancel out the vote of someone who is going to vote opposite of you.
- They’re spending your money. If you’re a tax paying citizen, the people we elect are ultimately responsible for how our tax dollars are spent. You can help make this decision by casting your vote to elect a candidate.
- If you feel misunderstood or unrepresented by politicians, voting is your opportunity to help elect politicians who you feel best represent you.
What Our Friends Think:
Ivan M. says, “Voting determines the direction the government is going, whether it be local or federal. If you want policies passed or changes to the system, you have to vote and be well-informed.”
Gary H. says, “Voting is one of the most important things we can do as part of a democracy. Our right to vote was so important to the framers of our Constitution that they included it as a ‘right of the people’ and have amended it to include all people. Voting gives you a say in how the country is run. It may not be a direct voice, but people running for office see how many people voted for a person or issue and can consider it a mandate, or something they need to follow through on. Every person (over the age of 18) has the same vote. It doesn’t matter your gender, skin color, or sexual preference. Everyone has an equal say. Winners will influence your life, either good or bad. If you want some control over who that is and what they believe in, you must vote. Voting in elections is a core value to our way of life. It doesn’t take much research to see what a county looks like that doesn’t have open, free elections. When politicians see people not voting, they see an opportunity to do things the way they want, not necessarily how people want them to. Voting is strength. Voting is having a say. Voting is freedom.”
For more in-depth information on the voting process, contact your local government. Some governments, at levels such as your county government, may have an elections department. The elections department can help you with the process and provide you with information and requirements that are specific to your area.
Do your own research! No Longer Silenced Movement encourages you to do your own research about topics of your interest in order to formulate your own educated opinion.