Voting is obviously a privilege that all US citizens should take advantage of since Americans have fought for the right to vote throughout history. It is constructed into our history since patriots fought to have a voice in the Parliament in the late 1700s. In addition women and blacks have fought for a voice in government in the 1900s. Therefore voting is a privilege that many people have fought for such a long time so we should use our vote to respect that struggle.
In addition voting gives regular Americans a voice and power in politics when we usually don’t have any significant say in government. Yet people in the 18-34 age group vote proportional less than those in the other age group as indicated by the graph below provided by the US Census Bureau.
Our local officials, member of Congress, the President, make decisions that will affect the rest of our life. So we have to pick the officials that will hopefully make the right decisions.
So please don’t waste your vote. If you don’t want to vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, then vote for a third party candidate such as Jill Stein. At least you have spoken your mind.
Voter Registration ends on October 18. Its takes only 5 minutes.
File, Thom, “Who Votes? Congressional Elections and the American Electorate: 1978–2014,” Population Characteristics, P20-577, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC, 2015.