Americans are fortunate enough to have the right to vote, so we should take opportunity to be heard. “...many Americans do not vote” (Doc BE). Some Americans do not take the chance to vote. For example, “Since World War II, no presidential election has ever involved 65% or more of registered voters!” (Doc BE). Voting is important because, “People express their consent or disapproval in many different ways” (Doc BE).
Voting has been a core part of our government since the very beginning, however, many citizens chose not to take part in this essential participation. To prevent any one person from gaining too much power voting was put in place as well as checks and balances in the system by the founding fathers. While not everything is decided by voting because our government is a Constitutional Republic, voting is by far the most important way a citizen can participate in the government. Therefore, it’s baffling that people chose not to vote. As Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” While we can all agree that voting is important there is a debate on whether it should be mandatory. Voting should be an optional but important way to participate in the government.
A very controversial topic in the United States is whether or not Americans should be required to vote. Voting is a very essential piece to democracy, but many Americans today are not attending their voting location and supporting the candidate they feel is best. In recent elections, just 60% of registered voters casted their vote for a candidate. This is an issue that many people are not happy about, but whether or not there is reason to fix it is the other side to the case. Voter participation is an issue that has been going on for years, and no laws are in place currently to bring it up. Americans have been proud to live in a “free country”, and a law forcing citizens to vote may be against America’s principles. Compulsory voting should
With all adversities that was overcome the right to vote remains one of the few things that makes us all equal. No matter your color, wealth, gender, and religion. We all get one vote; which is one of the many beauties of our democracy. With this right comes a great deal of responsibilities that many citizens
Only 53.6% of eligible voters vote, leaving 46.4% not voting (“Political Participation in the US”). This 46.4% of people do not believe their votes count. They believe that the Electoral College system cancels out their votes and that the government will not listen anyway. People think that nothing will change due to the incumbency rate in Congress. That is where the people do not see what is really happening. Americans do not vote enough, so they cannot possibly make a change in government when they are not exercising one of their most powerful rights. Citizens of other countries yearn for the right to vote and Americans who fought so hard for this right do not even use it. “US voting rates are among the lowest in the developed world” (“Political Participation in the US”). Young people should be concerned with this issue. Because America has a democratic form of government, political participation is necessary, everyone’s vote counts, and corrections in government can only be made by the people first.
The United States of America is supposed to be a land of freedom where one can exercise the right to have various liberties that are not found in many other countries around the world. Among these liberties is the right to vote in a democratic government. Voting is a privilege in the United States that should not be taken for granted; many countries do not have the luxury of choosing who they want to represent them in government. Or if they do, they have in place a system that is called compulsory voting. Compulsory voting is a system in which voters are obligated to come to their designated polling place on Election Day to place a vote. If
In “Race and Beyond: Why Young, Minority, and Low-Income Citizens Don’t Vote,” Sam Fulwood claims, “Regardless of whether a favored candidate won or popular ballot initiative passed, our nation suffered because of the number of people who didn’t vote at all” (par. 2). I agree with Sam Fulwood and I believe it is so unfortunate that Americans don’t use this right. Voting is one of the most valuable possessions that Americans are given and yet they do not use. Many of the countries around the world do not grant voting rights to their citizens. These countries either have a dictatorship or kingdom which prevents citizens from voting. People need to understand the sufferings of those people who struggled for this right. When the United States
To be considered a citizen of the United States of America, one must be born in the United States, or have gained citizenship through naturalization. Citizens of the United States are granted rights, which are very important because not all countries have a Constitution or a Bill of Rights to protect them when they voice their opinions and beliefs - things Americans do every day without even a thought. These privileges are laid out in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and it is possible that these rights can be taken away. Some of these rights include: Freedom of Religion, Fair Trial by Jury, the right to Bear Arms, the right to run for federal office, and the right to vote in federal elections. Some Americans take these rights for granted,
In 2014 only 40% of the voting age population turned up to vote (Black), and the voting population mostly consisted of the wealthy and the elderly. These groups tend to have more time on their hands to both vote and stay politically active, so the resulting government tends to overemphasize their values. Not only do more of them vote, but some attempt to actively silence the voices of opposition in the lower classes. During the civil rights movement, the wealthy used voting suppression in the form of literacy tests, poll taxes, and even violence (Boundless). Lower class citizens couldn’t afford the education to pass these literacy tests, nor could they afford to dig into their limited resources to pay and vote. Their needs become stifled, despite the fact that they're the majority of the American population. This defeats the purpose of a democracy. The representatives elected are meant to stand for the people, but a large population of potential voters is neglected in this process. Voting also takes place on a Tuesday, and those tend to occur during working hours. Employees are allowed to take time off to vote during working hours, but the process of voting tends to be costly for lower income brackets. Low salaries mean that making money becomes a bigger priority, and some would rather gain money than go vote. Additionally, they have to pay for public transportation fees to get to the voting venue since they don’t all own cars. 28% of citizens that made less than $20,000 a year reported that they didn't vote due to the fees needed for transportation and that it cut into their work salaries (Malter). The process of voting registration is another factor that keeps them from voting. In other countries, the responsibility of registration falls on the government; in America, it is the responsibility of the
Voting is a right that all Americans have once hitting the age of 18 regardless of race, gender, or financial status. However, not everyone chooses to exercise these rights or even fully understands how to use them properly. Voting is not as simple as just going to a ballot box and checking the box for the person whom had the most signs and television commercials. Being a voter means that one has an influence over the government and who makes important decisions regarding the nation or state. However, if one does not know all of the details about who they are voting for, they could be voting blindly. It is important to do research and make factual decisions about who should be elected. If one is not fully informed, than the less suitable candidate could be elected into office due to a lack of information. All of the information necessary to make a strong decision is available, it just depends on whether or not Americans go through the effort to locate it and use it. Voting for the most desired and suitable candidate is important whether it is congressional district, senate, or presidency.
The Idaho, Michigan, and Mississippi primaries took place today. According to reporters at the election polls, there is a lot of diversity including race and cultural diversity coming in to vote. I believe that this is a good thing because it allows more information for the exit polls so we can see how different people voted. In other news, a lifelong republican claimed that he would definitely vote for Hillary Clinton before Donald Trump while a 67 year old woman actually told Trump that this is the first time that she has voted and she was proud to vote for him. I am surprised how a lifelong voter is strongly not voting for Trump while a person who has not voted in forty nine years is strongly voting for Trump. I just do not understand why
I am going to be voting in my state's primary in a few day's and I'm not sure who to vote for. I cannot stand Donald Trump's antics so I will not be voting for him. This leaves me with two possible choices; Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton. I know that Bernie is very left but I know that change is needed today in America. I also know that Hillary is "fighting for us," but she only recently changed her view on LGBT laws. If anyone could help me decide who to vote for, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in
I agree with you on the making the history voting. I too wonder if the voters really voted for the changes that was promised or was is really just to make history or it could be both. I still have nope that most of us are voting for a better tomorrow. A better education, lower crime rate, better health plan, help for needy and more. It’s true having a black President didn’t really change anything when it comes to uniting us as a country. I feel like we are more divided than ever, just watching the news shows that. It’s true racism seem to be part of human nature, everyone are still who they are, no matter who the President is. I still hope for the future of everyone coming together and getting along. At the moment, we are no way close to being
I am Nicholas Benefield, a fourteen year old Boy Scout of Troop 65 (Long Beach) and a member of the Tribe of Tahquitz (an honor scout organization). The course of this letter relies on my pronounced interest sparked in a school debate questioning or affirming the electoral system. Due to the natural but unethical form of this election and its candidates, countless citizens question their desire or need to vote if their vote might lay even a finger upon our electoral college. In this understanding, no negative response to a system of voting that has lasted over two centuries is needed if adjustments to a system designed for an completely different society are endeavoured upon. Those adjustments need to be a congressional district plan, just as Maine and Nebraska have it, with the candidate who wins the state majority popular vote wins the Senate electoral votes and the winner of the majority of the popular vote of each congressional district sends one of their electors
In Americas opinion, Voting is very imporntant today. At some points it is frowned upon if you don't vote. I believe the voting age should stay the same, because when you are younger, say the age of 16, you dont think that much of politics or what happens with the laws or things like that. You would most likely be at school worrying about getting your school work done. Students would be too worried about school to vote.