The Importance of Voting

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The Importance of Voting Voting is a usually formal expression of opinion or will in response to a proposed decision; especially: one given as an indication of approval or disapproval of a proposal, motion, or candidate for office. The question is why is it important to vote? Being able to vote was not a right. Everyone could not vote centuries ago until 1971 when the Twenty-Sixth Amendment lowered the voting age to 18 and gave all Americans the right to vote. Many fought for, marched for, and died for over the ability to vote centuries ago; but several key reasons will explain why voting is such an important thing to do. Voting is a way that you can express yourself and let your voice be heard. Your vote is your voice expressing your opinion and feelings on the important issues the candidates are talking about. Health Care is a huge issue for the 2012 presidential election! By voting for one of the candidates you are supporting their efforts on making the USA a better place. Also you would let lawmakers know how you feel about social security, education, and other important topics. Majority of non-voters have the “One vote doesn’t matter” type of attitude toward voting. No matter how much someone may believe that their vote doesn’t matter it actually does! For example in 1960 one vote per precinct made John F. Kennedy the President over contender Richard Nixon. Or in 1984 one vote elected a Monroe County, Florida commissioner. One vote in reality does make a difference. Voting is our chance to make a difference in our own lives and within the world. Voting will effect change within neighborhoods, cities, states, countries, and even the world. Voting is the principle means of a representative government. How can a government be representative if roughly 45-50 percent of eligible voters don't vote? This makes a government only representative to half of the
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