Two hundred years ago, you had to be male, white and rich in order to vote. We have come a long way since then, and although the US Constitution does not explicitly guarantee a right to vote, it does contain amendments that ensure all people, regardless of race, color, or sex may vote once they reach the age of eighteen. So why is it that in 2008 just over half of registered voters took to the polls?
I know many times it is a matter of being unable to physically get to the polls due to lack of transportation or illness, but what surprised me was that many people still do not realize they have the right to vote. Either they have not been educated on voting laws, or in some cases, they have been discouraged from voting, believing that their vote won’t matter for a multitude of reasons; chosen party, social status, etc.
Regardless which party you are voting for, (in no particular order) Democratic, Republican, Independent, Constitution, Green, Third Position, Libertarian, Objectivist, Socialism and Liberation, Peace and Freedom, Prohibition, Socialist, Liberty Union, Reform, Socialist Equality, Socialist Workers, or American Independent, if you are able to vote, GET OUT AND DO IT! This country has lost too many brave men and women fighting for your right to vote. You have been granted the chance to choose your leaders. Exercise you rights. Your opinion DOES matter. Your vote WILL count.