Essay - by Marcel Carter

Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States once said, “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.” Voting is not just for the smart, the rich or those who have had the privilege to go to good schools. It is a right that all adults have been given. It is one of the few privileges that make all people equal. Voting is important!

In 2004, there were only about 121 million votes cast in the US election. There are over 305 million people in the United States. That means that only 1/3 of the US population decided to exercise their right to vote. William Edward Simon, a former Secretary of Treasury said “Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.” If you feel strongly about a candidate and you believe in what he or she stands for, then you should vote for him or her to prevent bad politicians from being elected. It doesn’t matter if you are not the smartest person in the world, if you are homeless or if you are a minority; you can still vote and make a difference. Do people really have a right to complain about who was elected if they chose not to vote? I do not think so! You have the power to change the world, just by casting your vote.

In conclusion, I feel like everyone should vote to make this country better. The candidate that you pick might not win, but you will have to set an example for future generations. Adults should tell their children who they are voting for and why. Take them with you when you vote. That way we will understand the process and continue it when we are old enough. Set an example, go vote and wear your “I voted today” sticker!