If the right to vote no longer existed, the country would no longer survive as a democratic nation, but completely totalitarian. By not voting, you give away your right to influence the government overall. More importantly, however, not voting takes away the “will of the majority that governs this country, but [replaces it with] the will of the minority” (Smithstein 1). The Twenty-fourth amendment to the United States Constitution states that: the right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State (The U.S. Constitution 54). Because this sacred right has been guaranteed to all citizens of the nation, you should take the initiative to vote for someone/something that reflects your overall views.
Voter turnout has declined over the decades, however it has had a slight upward trend over time (see Table 1). In a downward spiral, it becomes obvious that not all eligible voters are using the privilege defined in the Twenty-fourth amendment. To test the trends of absentee voting in the United States, many tests show that when eligibility increases, the absentee voting does not change (Oliver 498). This tendency demonstrates the need for more voters to participate in elections and, if they cannot attend the polling place, they can submit an absentee vote to voice their opinion (see Table 2. Table 2 demonstrates the youngest eligible voters vote the least in the elections.) Approximately twelve percent of eligible young voters take the opportunity to vote (Point, Click, Vote 48). Furthermore, other forms of participatory citizenship include different ways to get involved in elections and educated in all political measures. To increase your overall knowledge, you must research your candidates, political party, and overall election. The news also helps contribute to your awareness of democracy (Alvarez 4). A good participatory citizen would know the details of the election and get involved in town politics. Town meetings, local elections, budget allocations and school organization help provide information about local elections and democracy as a whole.
A person, such as yourself, can vote in order to get information across, elect officials, and voice opinions as to the future of the United States of America. The right to vote has proven to be difficult to achieve for all races and genders throughout history. However, now every citizen has the right to vote in any election and, therefore, should exercise their vote.