Persuasive Speech Essay

1164 Words Jan 27th, 2012 5 Pages
Persuasive Speech

WHY BOTHER TO VOTE
Introduction:
Ever since this country was established citizens have fought for a right that often is not exercised by today’s youth; along with many others. This right that I speak of is the right to vote. In the beginning one had to be a white male landowner in order to receive this right. However through the years and many trying battles all citizens of the US that are 18 years and older have earned this right. Voting is something that many of us take for granted and do not realize the great importance of this right and our duty to do so. Your votes do effect not only the national elections but every election you choose to cast a vote in; such as school elections, along with the people that
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iii. However, when state legislators opened suffrage allowing all white males to vote, at the same time they closed the door that previously allowed white woman of great economic status to vote were closed

iv. Discrimination towards blacks also kept them from voting in the early stages of this new democracy, and again doors that were once open were slammed shut for people of color.
v. Through protesting and addition of the 15th, 19th, 24th, and the 26th amendment the doors for all American citizens were open to cast their ballots

II. What your vote does and how it affects every aspect of our lives is really very simple to do, but rather quite important.

A. Voting is an important part of our democratic process. It is a chance, for every eligible person to influence the policies that affect our lives on a daily basis.

i. With only a simple mark on a ballot, voting lets us decide who our representatives will be and what our future will look like.
ii. We also vote on school mileages, to decide whether or not to increase our property taxes, to support programs within our local schools.
iii. These programs may include bussing issues, sporting events, the remodeling of a school, or…

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