In two days, the Presidential Elections will come about and millions of people will have the ability to have their voices heard. It is more then just having your say in the Elections, but its a civic duty that should galvanize anyone over the age of 18 should participate. Yet, less then half of registered voters will exercise their rights and perform the simplest of civic duties. Worse then that almost anywhere between a third to a tenth will participate in Primaries and mid-term elections in the future.
Its a historical fact, during the forty year period (1972-2012) only 16-18% of our voting population has chosen who represented our country during the mid-term elections, and 25-28% have done so for our Presidential Elections. Again, that is only up to a third of our voters, who are registered, decides who represents 100% of our country. These people have selected our leadership and that leadership have shaped how the world sees America.
These are the very people who make the laws for our country, and deciding the rights of our fellow Americans.
Voting is much more then casting a vote on the ballot. That willingness, or unwillingness to do the civic duty of voting creates a ripple effect influencing collectively the direction of our country's politics. It also influences our Government on the Federal, State and Local levels, all three are important to our day to day lives.
Some will argue that a vote will not make a difference. Florida 2000, look it up.
Some will argue that money influences votes. Voters have their own mind. Time to take some responsibility for the action of voting, its apart of that duty to vote.
Some will argue its the lesser of two evils. Voters can vote third party. The Presidential Election is still only a part of the election process, there are still local and state races... you know the state level races that influence voting laws in your state.
Some will argue they are too tired. Some voters who are elderly, or having health issue that will walk miles to vote and make their voices heard.
Remember, if you don't vote, someone else will be speaking for you. Someone else will do that civic duty of voting, because the only voices that a politician will more then likely hear, are the constituents that decide who it is that represents them.