Voting Matters


By A. Page

Whether it be state or federal voting, the numbers are lacking.  More and more Americans are deciding to skip out on the polls.  However, complaints on how the government is ran are going up by the second.  Many people have an idea of how the country should be ran, or have opinions on what issues should be at the forefront.  Yet, if you ask people the fundamental question: Do you vote? A good deal of them will say ‘no’.  This isn’t just an age thing.  Young or old, it doesn’t seem to matter too much statistically.  Americans as whole are passive, and have lost faith in their government.  But that’s not a reason to stop voting.

Why Voting Matters

Voting is the most important tool available to a United States citizen.  Have you ever heard the saying ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’?  That applies directly to why every citizen should show up and vote.  Democracy entails a voting process, and when you decide not to vote, you give away the peoples power and put it in someone else’s hands.  It’s important to know the candidates and the issues at hand.  When you fail to enlighten yourself, you fail to change your community and lay down to policies and taxes you may not agree with.  You admit defeat, when you were given the opportunity to excel.

On July 6th, 2014 the U.S. Census Bureau released their report on Voting and Registration.  Out of the 206,072,000 Americans that are eligible to vote, only 146,311,000 are registered to vote.  That means, almost an entire third of eligible voters are not even able to vote, because they failed to register.  In the most recent presidential election, only 64% of people who were registered, voted for president. 37% of eligible Americans threw their vote away.  Think about it for a second, 37% is enough to change the entire out turn of an election.  With that many Americans missing from such a large election, its easy to see why America is beginning to consistently detest their leaders.

Though citizens may not always agree with their political leaders, they should never give up.  When we give up the power, we let corrupted politicians ruin the country that our families have worked hard to save and maintain.  As a people, we can determine our own fate and future and should take every opportunity to do so.  With elections right around the corner, inspire the people you know to vote.  On the federal and state level, your vote does matter.  We must be united in order to have control of our country’s future.