The RIght To Vote

Jeff - San Diego, California
Entered on June 9, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: citizenship
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We as Americans have the privilege of voting. This means that we choose what becomes a law and who we want to represent us as a state or even as a nation. This is why I Believe in Voting.

When I became eighteen voting was the one thing I couldn’t wait to do, because I finally wanted my voice to be heard. My first voting experience was during the California Presidential Primary. Unlike most young voters, I went to the voting area with a good idea of who and what I was going to vote for. I would watch all the debates on TV and listen to talk radio as well as doing some research on the pros and cons of cretin propositions. When looking into what is going to be on the ballet you better educate yourself so that you make all the right choices and not just vote based on what other people are voting for.

Unfortunately Americans take voting for granted. The statistics show that 70% of the people in Europe vote while only about half of the eligible citizens in the US go out and vote during elections. People just aren’t realizing that if you don’t vote then who are you to say who’s a bad president or which laws shouldn’t have been passed.

Even though the numbers don’t show that 18-21 year olds vote, the younger generation wants to get more involved in politics and how our country is handled. This has been shown through the many conversations that I have had with my friends as well as other classmates. We talk about current issues and who we think will be the next president and why. One issue that is not talked about enough is how and why we have the right to vote. Many men and women made sacrifices as well as gave their lives so that we would have the right to vote. These men and women are American Soldiers, and still to this day they are defending our right to vote as well as making sure that all voices in America are heard and that the right to freedom does not get taken from under us.

Believing in voting is believing for and in a better and stronger nation so that it that can and will face all issues that try to bring it down. Voting in this country is what helps make America to be the leader of all nations and the place many people only dream of living. I’m proud of my country and would defend my freedom and the voting rights I have any time and anywhere.