In the United States of America we have a Representative Democracy which works only if Americans come out and vote in every election. The 2008 presidential election saw the highest voter turnout since the 1968 presidential elections and yet four in ten Americans didn’t vote. The turnout for 2014 midterm elections saw less than half of eligible voters in 43 states not vote. Many people today take voting for granted or believe elections do not impact their financial bottom line. Three quarters of Americans support raising the minimum wage but Congress refuses to act, and after the Newtown shootings in New Jersey, 76 percent of Americans polled favored back ground checks for all people purchasing firearms, and yet once again Congress refused to act because they didn’t believe there would be repercussions at the ballot box.
It was believed that the Citizen United ruling by the Supreme Court would be a game changer when it came to political influence by corporations and the wealthy since they were now able to contribute a lot more money to political races all over the nation. Several elections and tens of millions of dollars later to everyone’s surprise the cure for all the money and influence has been a larger than usual numbers of people voting starting in 2008 only to be followed by a lower midterm turnout in 2010. Politicians work for us which is why it’s important for us to hold them accountable and we do that by voting not only every four years but by voting every time there is an election. We also need to start new traditions such as taking our small children and grandchildren with us when we vote. We also should take every opportunity to encourage everyone of voting age to pay attention to what goes on in politics and to vote. Voting in this great country is a right and we should push back against any person, group or party that would try to limit or stop anyone from voting.
Voting is a right none of us can afford to take lightly, VOTE!