3 March 2019
Is Voting Important?
Voting is one of the most important rights and responsibilities that US citizens have.
There are around 150 million Americans that are qualified to vote. Even with more than a 3rd of
the American population being qualified voters, many choose not to vote. The lack of support
within voting stems from the idea that not everyone’s vote count, or theirs won’t make a
difference. But even with all of these speculations, the truth is, voting is a very important
opportunity that every US citizen should take advantage of. There are several reasons why voting
is important such as giving citizens a platform to exercise the first amendment, and determining
the future economy of our country.
One of the reasons voting is important is because it gives citizens the opportunity to
exercise the first amendment within national decisions. For many years the right to vote was a
privilege that had to be fought for amongst women and minorities, so it is important that people
appreciate the opportunity when given. Voting legally allows all US citizens to place their
personal input on the country’s future without any repercussions. In an article called “The
evolution of American voting rights in 242 years shows how far we've come — and how far we
still have to go” by the Business Insider website, two journalists discuss the hardships that people
went through to gain the privilege to vote and why we should embrace the right we fought for.
Based from the article, the author states, “Men and women of color would continue to fight to
battle discriminatory voting practices for decades even after technically receiving the right to
vote, culminating in the historic civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, which led to
landmark legislation that transformed American voting rights” (Panetta, Reaney). This quote
helps reveal that there was a strong dedication for ALL Americans voices to be heard, and it took
time and effort to make sure nobody was excluded from the booths. Even after minorities and
women were granted permission to vote in the U.S, there are still many countries that won’t
allow it. Based from the VOA online article called, “Voting rights expansion across the globe”,
the author cites, “The United States’ landmark Voting Rights Act, despite what many see as its
recent weakening, is a global rarity in terms of legislation that explicitly safeguards minorities’