Make Voting Great Again
Start writing a post

Make Voting Great Again

There is no better way to celebrate your country than to vote.

Make Voting Great Again

Being an American comes with many rights and privileges, and chief among them is the right to vote. When we become adults, we are given the opportunity to exercise this right and have a say on who we want to represent us on the local, state and national levels. This is an opportunity that too few people have in the world, and yet it is one that only a fraction of Americans actually take advantage of.

We often hear about the issue of low voter turnout in this country. In the 2016 presidential election, only 60% of eligible voters cast a ballot. In the last midterm election, only 35% voted. These statistics unavoidably beg the question; how can we elect the best representatives if so few Americans are willing to engage in the voting process?

First, we need to understand why Americans aren't voting. For many, it's a matter of convenience. Either they are too busy during the day to vote, or they don't know how the process works. Many don't know how to register to vote, or where their polling place is located. For others, they either don't feel like their vote matters or they are unhappy with the candidates.

The problem with these excuses is that they can all be solved. You can figure out how to register with just a simple google search. There are countless resources to tell you everything you need to know regarding registration, and other procedures. If you are too busy to find time to vote in person, you can request an absentee ballot and vote from home. It only requires a few minutes of your time to educate yourself and learn how to participate.

As for those who refrain from voting because they feel the system is corrupt, that sounds like an excuse that stems from complacency and, to be honest, downright laziness. If you educate yourself on the issues that various candidates are talking about, you are bound to find a candidate that you agree with on matters that are important to you. Whether that's taxes, healthcare or education, you will surely find yourself approving of one candidate over the other.

In my opinion, Americans, especially young Americans who turn their noses up at voting are showing complete ingratitude for the freedoms they have been granted. Democracy is what gives us the power to have a say in what kind of country we want to live in, and what values we want our country to stand for. We were founded on the principle of the governors working for the governed, not the other way around, and we cannot uphold this principle if the governed refuse to participate in this process.

There are so many people around the world who would give anything to have a say in who ran their respective countries. I'm sure that those living in repressive governments would not complain about their indifference toward certain candidates if they were given the opportunity to choose their next leader.

Also, not voting can be equivalent to cutting off your nose to spite your face. When you don't vote, you are only harming yourself and your own personal interests. Don't expect the masses to choose the best candidate for you and your beliefs. If you don't vote, the government could be controlled by those with policies that are unhelpful or even harmful to you, and you have to live with the fact that you had the opportunity to create a better outcome, but didn't.

With all of this in mind, I think we can all agree on the importance of voting. However, it can still be a chore. After a long day of work or school, the last thing we probably want to do is wait in line for a while in an overcrowded building. Thankfully, there are things you can do to make voting funner!

My tip, don't go alone! Taking your friends or family can make the whole ordeal quite fun. I, personally am going with my parents after classes, and then we are going to have dinner together! So not only is voting not a chore, but I am actually really looking forward to it.

So, no matter what your political views are, no matter your gender, race or religion, you have a voice on November 6, 2018. This is the one day you can show the whole country what you stand for and how you want the country to be represented. So, please please please vote. The country needs you.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments