Happy Election Day – Why Voting Matters

Today is election day and while it is everyone’s personal choice whether to vote or not, I encourage people to take the time to cast a vote and let their voices be heard. I know many people might think to themselves, “I’m only one person, my vote doesn’t really count.” My dad was actually someone who felt this way and used to never vote because this was his thinking. Over time, he realized that this was not the right mindset to have, especially considering he was someone who held strong political opinions and very much cared about election outcomes. Personally, I understood the importance of voting at a young age because of an American History class that I had to take in high school. My teacher explained, “If most people don’t choose to vote, then the minority ends up controlling the majority.” In other words, every single vote counts and the more votes the better because if many people didn’t choose to vote, then yes, the few votes that were cast would hold much more weight and would control the community as a whole even though not many participated in the voting process.

It is common to hear people complain about how bad things are in today’s modern society but what many don’t realize is that we each have an opportunity to make a change with a single vote. Of course it is going to be based upon the most popular vote and your choice might not get picked by the majority but that doesn’t mean that you should not vote altogether. Remember that your vote not only represents your personal political view but also has the capacity to impact others including future generations. So don’t hesitate to vote, no matter what the outcome is, your opinion counts today and always will!

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