Voting deemed important right, responsibility

Published: February 25, 2016

Photo courtesy of wikimedia commons THE CONSITUTIONAL right of all American citizens to vote is a right many believe should be taken seriously and employed. With 2016 an election year for the presidency, many also believe voters should remain informed and conscientious.

PHOTO COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / THE CONSTITUTIONAL right of all American citizens to vote is a right many believe should be taken seriously and employed. With 2016 an election year for the presidency, many also believe voters should remain informed and conscientious.

Commentary by
SERGIO CACERES

Turning 18 is a few steps away from being 21 and being considered a legal adult. In the United States at the age of eighteen a person is given many rights such as being able to obtain their full driver’s license and being able to vote for elected officials.

Voting for a president is very serious considering that they will be governing the country for a four-year term. We live in one of the most successful democratic nations, which has a Constitution that allows people to change the future of the country by being given the right to vote.

Not only does everyone get the right to vote but in the past groups such as women and African Americans were not allowed to vote or display their voices and fought for the right to do so.

Now that everyone has the right to do so everyone should take advantage of voting since it is a great privilege to have.

Voting for a president not only changes our future but also the future of the next generation. Now that it is 2016, the next election is right around the corner.

Currently we are in the primaries, which is very important because the primaries end up with one Republican and one Democrat getting their respective party’s nomination. Once a candidate gets the nomination, both parties attempt to try to get the most votes in order for their candidate to win the presidency. Not only is it your duty as a citizen to vote for a candidate, but it is a way to express your voice. Each candidate has specific policies that they think are best for the country. Before selecting a candidate to vote for it is very important to know what they stand for and it is also important to see if the candidate you choose supports your views in topics such as the economy, foreign and domestic policies, equal pay, and many other issues that interest you. When it comes to voting, each and every vote counts which is why you should be 100 percent sure that you want that candidate to win the presidency. If you were unsatisfied with Barack Obama’s term as president, it is now your times to change that. You can choose a candidate that has better ideas and policies that seem better than Obama’s. Many people like to criticize the president but did not vote and therefore should criticize themselves for not being involved in the election. Being involved and informed is very important. Not only is your voice being heard but also your tax money is at stake when you choose a president. Selecting a president determines the allocation of resources for public services which uses your tax dollars. Another reason why every vote counts is that this election is expected to be an extremely close race between the candidates and run-offs might even be a result so your single vote could really help decrease the probability of a run-off. At the end of the day, it does not hurt being informed of politics and knowing that you completely trust the candidate that you vote for. Voting for a candidate just for popularity or randomly not knowing any information about them or not even voting at all can be detrimental to the nation and you may regret it in the long run.

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