With the general election coming up this fall, I thought I would provide some insight into why voting is important as college students. I am not here to tell you who to vote for, just make sure you vote this fall!
- Voting is a privilege.
Most Americans do not consider that some people can’t vote, like people who are underage or undocumented. Not to mention that outside of the U.S., some women in third world countries are still fighting for their right to vote. Vote for those who are not able to.
- Make your voice heard!
Voting allows you as a citizen to make the major decisions in our country. Don’t like something you see in our government? Vote to make a difference!
- Break stereotypes against young people.
Some older people tend to see young people and millennials as “lazy.” Prove them wrong and go vote! As a young person, this is our country, we need to take ownership of it!
I hope that after reading this post of mine, this will encourage you to consider the importance of voting. As a college student at Fontbonne University, I feel that it is our responsibility to make our voices heard this fall. Vote for someone who will represent your values and concerns the best. Here is a link to a website where you can get registered to vote, to check if you are officially registered, and to get an absentee ballot. https://www.vote.org
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”-Martin Luther King Jr.
As you probably already know, November 6th, 2012 was Election Day! For myself, I woke to the beautiful time of 5 AM, drove in the freezing cold, and waited for about an hour and a half to finally cast my vote. Polls did not open until 6 AM, but at my polling place the line was long despite my early arrival. The lined moved fast and I could hear the chatter of others discussing who they were going to vote for. This was my first Presidential Election. I have heard many arguments about the candidates and voting in general. Some tell me to vote one way because of this and others tell me to vote another way because of that. A few even stated that my vote did not count anyway so why even vote! All I know is that voting is one of those rites of passage that I think everyone should be proud to be able to do. It might not seem the most ideal, but it is better than having a dictator or someone else deciding what to write on my ballot. Maybe that is what people should take away from Election Day.
Whether democrat, republican, third party, tea party, doesn’t matter. What matters is the chance to come together as a whole to decide the fate of the country we live in. That might sound a like something from a movie, but isn’t that what we are doing? We are picking one person to be the head of the political system we chose to have in America. The power might not be equivalent to a dictator because of the other parts of our government, but it is there and has many chances to change America for better or for worse. Opposing sides will always exist and there will always be people upset with the outcome when it comes to Election Day. This should not deter you from voting though! If you don’t use it, it can easily be taken away. Now I voted. Did you?
Today is the most important date for American citizens, because it is election day for the American President!
This year, there are two nominees for U.S. President: Barack Obama (Democratic) and Mitt Romney (Republican).
Before the election day, Obama and Romney debated 4 times. I saw all of the debates via the internet. Both of them had their advantages and disadvantages, and I really admired them — they delivered their opinions and still kept calm whatever happened.
For me, I want to vote but I can’t because I’m an international student. However, I still like to talk with my American friends about their opinion for this presidential election. Some of my friends support Romney because they believe American should go back to work and not depend on help from the government. But some of my friend support Oboma because they think that president Obama leads the United States very well. I believe everyone’s political choices are their own and their right. I respect all the opinions for this election.
Even though I can’t vote tonight, I’ll keep praying for the results of this election.
Whoever wins this 2012 United States president election, I believe God will bless America and the leader.
Happy Election Day!