Registering to Vote
Many people starting off in the adult world do not know that you must register to vote. A reluctance to sign up, or not having enough time to run to a registration area can hinder our democratic state from electing the best leader. In almost all states, a person can register themselves via mail carrier with a document called the National Mail Voter Registration Form. If not available, a person can go to a public facility such as an election office or DMV to register. This is very important to me because people think that maybe one vote couldn’t change and election outcome, but it can. And with our future as a country looming above our heads, now is the time to take charge and change how we live and function as a whole.
Your Vote Doesn't Count?
As previously mentioned, some who do not vote do so because they feel as though it is a waste of time. Many people choose not to vote; they believe that this choice only has an effect on them; this is simply not the truth. Your choice not to vote has consequences for people not only in this country, but also all over the world. Many people in other countries cannot vote and some die every day fighting for this right. In the 2012 Presidential Election, President Obama won against popular Republican Candidate Mitt Romney by a 2.3% popular vote and reflects a tight race. Perhaps the gap could’ve been wider or changed the output had people taken the opportunity to vote for their politician. I would’ve been out voting regardless or time restrictions because I acknowledge that every vote is worth something.
Factors in Voting
A lot of things can influence your attitude about voting and the political parties. The most popular factors include family, race and ethnicity, and region. People’s opinions are shaped by the morals around them, and by what they see with their own eyes. However, it is important for every person to come to their own conclusion on politics and what they stand for. To me, you don’t want to vote for the wrong candidate just to fit in with the majority opinion, which can sway the election. Remain true to yourself and your morals.