Voting and Political Parties

Why should we vote? That is the question millions of Americans ask themselves whenever it comes time to place a vote. Although every American citizen over 18 years of age is allowed to vote only about half of those turn out to vote on Election Day. For the last 50 years, we have never had a higher percentage than 62.8 of eligible Americans voting.

The percentage of voters tends to be between 60% and 50% during a presidential election year. Years, when only Congressmen are being elected the percentages, are even lower. It is very important for Americans to vote because those who are elected to office make the laws and decisions that affect the well-being of our country. There are some historical, social, and economical issues throughout our past and today, however, that explains why people don’t vote. After listening to many people discuss the issues at hand I realized that nearly 50% of the people who were complaining about the drawn-out voting process were non-voters These non-voters, focusing on our age group give two primary reasons on why they don’t vote. One is that young people are just not interested in politics and the other is that our vote does not matter. However, both of these arguments are invalid.

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Sure there are many young people who.  Have no idea of politics and &can; be easily influenced and there are others who didn’t even know who the candidates were. It is hard to say whether or not these people are just lazy or if they really don’t care. On the other hand, there are many young people who take an active role in politics & concern themselves w/issues and current events. At many universities, there are clubs such as the Young Democrats and the Young Republicans.

These clubs are available to anyone affiliated w/either political party who want to be more involved in current and future issues. Giving the excuse that “my vote does not matter” is just that. It is an excuse for people who don’t take the time to learn the..