Voting: Piecing Together America Through Each American Citizen by Sarah Trippy

Voting: Piecing Together America Through Each American Citizen by Sarah Trippy

“The ballot is stronger than bullets”- Joseph A. Schumpeter. Voting is much more than just a civic duty. It is an occasion that not only influences our country, but our families and future generations to come. Voting is an event that encourages America to work together to elect our leader who will serve for the next four years. Each vote counted in the ballot represents an individual’s love for their country and the integrity they have for voting even though it’s not required.

All throughout American history, voting has played a part in our society. In the 1600s, when the Pennsylvania colony was first established, the founder William Penn established the rule that all people could vote for their next leader. In the 1920s, the women of America had the right to vote with the passage of the 19th amendment. In 1970, the 26th amendment lowered the voting age to 18. Voting not only plays a part in our history, it is the reason why the political leaders in our country do not inherit political “thrones” for life. The fact is they have to rely on American citizens for the votes. If we ever have a terrible political leader, we have an opportunity each election cycle to change our voting strategies.

Voting is a privilege, not a cumbersome task. In past history, Americans fought for the right to vote. Now America is fighting to get people to vote. Voting is extremely important because each individual voter elects a person who represents him or her in government. At the national level, this is a person who has the ability to bring countries together, or who also has the ability to recommend an act of war. At the local level, it is someone who will see to it that libraries are funded and parks are maintained. It seems unimaginable American citizens of all ages, simply would not vote. One way to think about this dilemma is to ask yourself: “What if nobody voted?” What if no one wanted to “waste” their time getting out to vote, so they didn’t? That would be a major problem because America would most likely de-evolve. America might even go back to having kings and queens inheriting the throne and ruling over us. If Americans did not want that the first time, why would we want to repeat history’s mistakes? If Americans did that, no one would ever move forward and America would never develop and change for the better.

It is extremely important for Americans to vote because it is the way that this country comes together through each individual to elect our next leaders. Each individual’s vote is counted up and a leader is picked who is chosen to help amend and transform the world into a more enhanced one. And all in all, do you really want to miss out on being a part of that?