The word “vote” causes many different reactions from people. Some become aggressive and begin to express their opinions on various political issues while others try to avoid the topic completely. However, there is a vast majority who rely on pat answers to support their neglect in voting. They use excuses such as, it doesn’t matter if they vote or not because their one vote couldn’t possibly make a difference. They say they don’t understand politics its just too confusing. Some feel that politicians are crooks so they need not bother voting at all. These are just a few of the common excuses heard from people who do not vote. All of these excuses surely won’t make a difference in an election but one vote definitely will.
There have been many close elections in history that would have had a different outcome if only one percent more had voted. The Presidential election of Kennedy vs. Nixon is a good example. That election was decided by Illinois with an average of only two voters per precinct. This small percentage of voters gave Kennedy victory over his opponent and put him in office. Many politicians spend millions of dollars on their campaign in an attempt to get as many votes as possible. There are many politicians like Ross Perot who do not think twice about spending money to attract prospective voters. In the 1992 presidential election Perot spent a phenomenal 71 million dollars to campaign for President. So, it is evident that politicians know that every vote they can attract will make a difference in the outcome of elections.
Our society seems to have lost interest in politics for several reasons, some feel that our present leaders don’t attempt to accomplish anything while in office and others feel they have been lied to so often they have forfeited their right to be trusted all together. What they don’t understand is that voting and political involvement is the only thing that will help keep politicians honest remember they are supposed to be working to better the country not to benefit themselves. Voting and being involved keeps politicians in check, they react to pressure that is put upon them by groups who give them the most support and which groups can get them the most votes.
Some find the complexity of today’s issues overwhelming. The issues are so numerous it is hard to stay educated on all of them. Because of this they are happy to let the politicians who are elected continue as they deem best. However, getting involved in politics doesn’t mean you have to come up with solutions to all of society’s problems. Nor do you have to go down to campaign Headquarters to rally or go door to door to distribute fliers. The best thing that an individual can do is to vote. However a good decision must be made on which candidate to vote for, first you must educate yourself by learning all that you can about the candidate that you feel has ideas and opinions that are similar to your own. Watching the news or the candiditial debates and press conferences can also aid you in making better political decisions as well as to become familiar with the politicians. When you narrow down your choices you may even consider checking previous voting records on the candidates which interest you. After all, it is easier to make a voting decision when you realize your decision is for issues not just a person. There have been several people who have voted for a personality rather than ideas and views, later, they were probably disappointed. So do not be fooled by a politician that seems to be ideally suited for the job.
Politicians are only concerned with those who vote. Not only is voting your right, it is also your duty as an American. If you care about your country, or your children’s future, then you should vote. If you have an opinion on how much of your money the government takes and how they are going to spend what they take, then you should vote. Those in government positions are the ones who decide many things that affect your life personally. If you don’t like the way things are, then remember that your vote could have made a huge difference.
Knowing how important your vote can be should propel you to take the time to make a difference. After all if you live in this country the changes politicians make affect everyone in one aspect or another. Voting has become easier now than it has ever been, you can register when you renew your drivers license and you can vote at various locations in every town. Most employers will give you the time off to go to the polls. Simply put, because voting has become so convenient and because you have now become aware of it’s importance you have also been left with no good reason not to vote. If after reading this and you agree that we all share the responsibility of political involvement then share your opinions with others and encourage them to vote as well.