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Path to the Presidency: Why is it important to vote?

Every year, many students like you turn 18 and cast their first ballot on Election Day, fulfilling the most basic action in a democratic society. Voting is a fundamental process that keeps our system of government working. Through elections, citizens have the ability to decide on who represents them in government, be it a local official, a state or national representative, or the president.

On Election Day, voters will not only be able to select their representatives in government for the next term, but they also often have the ability to decide on measures like bond issues that grant the government permission to borrow money for construction projects and other developments. And sometimes voters cast their ballots on social issues such as allowing same-sex marriage or banning smoking in restaurants and bars.

Reading up on the issues, the candidates, and researching the ballot is also the responsibility of the citizen voter and a responsibility that should not be taken lightly, because it is your voice, with the many others, in unison, that can change the direction of a community, state, nation, and even the world.

Given the importance of elections in the United States, why would do so many people choose not to vote? Why do some refuse to participate in elections when the officials and issues voted on have such strong influence on nearly every aspect of their lives?

Many argue that their vote really doesn’t count. Some say that they don’t know enough about the issues and think they shouldn’t vote. Others still say that they do not know where or how to vote or how to register. News stories about voter ID laws may deter some people from voting.

What do you think of these reasons and how would you respond to family or friends that used them? With a government elected by its citizens and that effects every aspect of our lives from schools to health care to homeland security, voting is an important right in our society. By voting, you are making your voice heard and registering your opinion on how you think the government should operate. Enough voices in unison can elect someone to office, reaffirm or even change the course of our government.

Most candidates also have websites that detail their ideas and goals for the office. To find out where to vote, you can contact your local board of elections and they will tell you where to go to vote.

What do you think?
 
Why is it important to vote? What would you say to your peers or family members to convince them to vote? Do you think you would be interested in volunteering at your local precinct? Have you already voted in an election? If so, what was your experience like? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!
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11/29/2016
Arkansas
Matthew
Green forest
I think it is important to vote because as a US sitizen you have the right to vote as long as you are 18 and over. When you vote you are participating in a Democracy. Your voice will be heard and your right to vote will be exercised. And if your candidate is elected in office he/she will think like you so laws you are for will be passed to your liking. So that is why you should vote. =)

11/29/2016
ohio 43326 kenton
madison
Mrs.Dyer kenton city schools
It is very important because it is your turn to seek the right president that the world thinks who is the right president. We vote so to see if we can get a leader to show us the right path to justice.

11/27/2016
NY
Charles Tones
Ms. Harris Eagle Academy
well while it is important to vote I can see why people do not vote. In smaller s like Alaska states your vote is counted more than if you lived in a populous state like California. On top of the fact that in our winner take all regime to win electoral votes then it is almost pointless to vote democrat in a Republican state. Also there are huge flaws in our electoral college. People don't vote for president, we vote for who votes to be president, which started from our founding fathers who believed that most people where stupid and at first only 5-6% of the population was able to vote for president. Then it was white men then black men ( which got nulled due to Jim crow laws to prevent blacks to vote) then women and then blacks again with the voting act of 1965. And have you guys have ever heard of Gerrymandering. Its a trick so that if you don't win the popular vote in local elections u can mold votes so it works in your favor. ( it is confusing look it up.) I really do encourage voting but instead of shunning people for kinda having a fair reason not to vote influence them and make a case of why they should vote. Because everyone deserves to vote People who live in D.C People who live in US territory (P.R and Guam) And felons* * another thing used to hinder blacks to vote. after the 13th amendment southerners used a clause that allowed slavery if you were in prison. So Not only there was slavery going on after the 13th once people got out they were disenfranchised because felons cant vote. And who were the majority of those felons, blacks. Sorry went on a tangent, however voting is important because it is the most inclusive it has ever been in American history. None of that patriotic mumbo jumbo we need to use the small power we have as citizens and use it for change. and I just realized this blog was for election day and it is way past that time. I anyone is interested continuing this conversation.... charlestones64@gmail.com

11/21/2016
Rockaway, Oregon
KatieJo
Mr.Kelley, Neahkahnie middle school
I be live it is impotent to vote because yore voice deserves to be heard

11/18/2016
Tucson, Arizona
Alicia
booth-fickett Mrs.French
Voting is a privilege and it is infuriating that so many neglect to vote. Many non-voters, especially young people, seem to think that one voice doesn’t matter; that their one vote couldn’t possibly make a difference. But that’s a self-fulfilling prophecy: not voting guarantees that your voice will not be heard. And this election year, being too busy or too lazy to vote is especially outrageous because there is so much at stake: health care, immigration reform, and the Supreme Court. And even though I can’t vote yet, I refuse to sit by and watch people waste their opportunity to be a part of change and action. So the week before the election, I’m going to walk precincts. I will to try to convince, rally, and cajole as people many as I can to contribute to the future of America. Because it matters.

11/17/2016
glendale arizona
mike monari
copper canyon high school
voting is impoartant and everyone that is allowed to vote needs to get involved.

11/17/2016
Honalulu, Hawaii
oogily boogily
Ms.Cattlebot/bethel park
i believe that same sex marriage should only be allowed if they are opposite sex

11/17/2016
Roxboro, Nc
Gregory
RCS
It is important to vote, but still you dont know if the candidate is really going to do waht he said he would do. Take Trump for instance. He might be with Russia he might not be with Russia. He lies.

11/16/2016
Fullerton CA
Jane Kim
Robert C. Fisler School
One main reason why it is important to vote because many people gave up their lives in order for our freedom to vote, but many Americans are not using that privilege. I feel like that is really wrong because people gave up their lives! They died, and that death probably devastated his or her family.

11/15/2016
Brooklyn,New york
Jana
I.S.392
I believe that it is important to vote because would you want a president who wants horrible things or do you want a president who will make a good change?

11/15/2016
Honalulu, Hawaii
boogaboo
Mrs.cattlebot
i believe that same sex marriage should be only allowed if they are opposite sex.

11/15/2016
Riverside
Jenna
Mark Twain
I think it is important to vote because that how we all got rid of slavery in most countries. :)

11/14/2016
montogomery,alabama
adamary garcia
jefferson davis
i think its important to vote because you get to vote and choose who you want to be the president. and at the same time its not important cause some kids or teenager doesn't care about who's gonna be the president

11/14/2016
montogomery,alabama
adamary garcia
jefferson davis
i think its important to vote because you get to vote and choose who you want to be the president. and at the same time its not important cause some kids or teenager doesn't care about who's gonna be the president

11/14/2016
Lyman, ME
Katherine
Massabesic High School
Voting for the 'lesser of two evils' is not beneficial to the mindset of our our society. Rather than looking for reasons that you CAN'T vote for a candidate, look for the reasons you CAN.

11/14/2016
alexandria/minnesota
Braden
voyager elementary/arnold
I think it's important to vote because it's your right and it is healthy for the voters and the political system.

11/11/2016
Night Vale, United States
Kimoni
Noragami High School
I do not like the Candidates but if you dislike one more than the other than vote for the one you dislike less so the one you hate doesn't become the president!

11/10/2016
florida
Amelia Ramos
Sunset
It is important to vote because if you do so we get great presidents like TRUMP 2K16 ."MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN" "DRAIN THE SWAMP" .

11/9/2016
california
christie lawson
rosenberg freshman center
It is important to vote so may people worked so we could. People went to wars for freedoms. Not everyone in the world gets to vote. Everyone should VOTE!

11/9/2016
in a land far far away
Paris:)
buskey
its important to vote so you can be heard and say your own opinion

11/8/2016
Durango, Colorado
Alexander
Durango High School
There was one reason for not voting that was left out, that I think is a bigger, more prelevant one, at least in what I've seen. That reason is the lack of connectable canidates, it's hard to make an appropriate choice, when none of the choices are agreeable. This needs to be adressed, in my opinion

11/8/2016
El Dorado,AR
Ka'li
Mrs.Travis
it's important to vote because who you choose to be president will affect the country you live in.

11/8/2016
Californian
Skyler
Liberty
By voting you are telling people who you what for government and who will care for us.If people don't vote then you are muting yourself and a lot of others votes because a lot of people can't vote this year and you may be the one who made a mistake.

11/8/2016
milwaukee wisconsin
maya
mr.smith
we need to vote

11/7/2016
Huntington, West Virginia
Lexi
Spring Valley High School
You might not like the candidates that are running for president each year, but that shouldn't stop you from voting you just need to vote for whichever person you think fits best in the position to lead our country. So don't be dumb. If you are old enough you need to go out and vote!

11/7/2016
Nyc
Naruto
P.S.1
So you can have a better live

11/7/2016
Springdale AR,
Dylan
Hellstern middle school
Did you know that voting can affect you and the public? Or why voting on a candidate even matters? Voting seem to just be a choice of the public for a new president. Voting plays a big role in many ways like, How voting will affect your job, religions and beliefs, The future of others and yourself can be changed and How to know you are voting for the right candidate...just to name a few. Voting will affect your job, religions and beliefs. The 2016 campaign is one of 1,000 elections throughout history. All of them had to change things from time to time. But, you must know what you are wanting that is the best fit for you. Your job is at high risk. That means you might not get paid the wage you deserve. Your religions can be changed just from not voting. The future of others and yourself can be changed. Do you know what will happen in your future? No! But you can only plan. Voting is very important when it comes to the future. Just by saying what you want can change everything.

11/7/2016
Newy York Brooklyn
Doli
Mr.Roach Ps86k
Hi. It is citizens resposabilitys to vote

11/7/2016
WI
Joshua
Seymour Middle School
i think our votes dont matter. i mean we cant even vote until we r 18 wats up w/ that i believe peeps shod vote at any timm in theyre live

11/7/2016
black creek
kyle
bc middle scholl
i think that my vote dont matter because i cant vote any way

11/7/2016
palmdale ca
Andrew
highland highschool
its important to vote for many reasons.

11/7/2016
Ottawa, Oh
Shaylin
Glandorf Middle school/ Jr. High
By voting you are letting the world hear your voice about what you think is right in the world. Once you are 18 a

11/3/2016
Cartersville, GA
Emily
Cass Middle School
By voting in the elections, one is telling their candidates that they support them, agree with their ideas, policies, and plans for a better country. So if one values their freedoms and their economic way of life, then they should go vote. If not, they have no voice and their opinion is mute.

11/3/2016
East amherst Ny
Sean
Transit middle School
It is important to vote because if you vote you have no say it in the goverment.

11/2/2016
Lake Charles LA
Kamyria
Lcca
People should make it their responsibility to go and vote .

11/2/2016
OR
Emma
PLCS
I think voting is important

11/2/2016
Waukesha, Wisconsin
McKayla
Horning Middle School
I think it's important to vote, but it's honestly your choice. When you vote, there's only a chance that what/who you want to succeed will win. But, you're still making a contribution. So, it honestly depends on the person. You can take a chance vote for someone, or you can let what happens happen

11/2/2016
Columbia mo
Elizabeth
Lange Middle School
I think it is important to vote because you are picking who you want in offices and that is important. Adults should vote for presidents because it's our country we are putting in their hands

11/2/2016
Greenville, Tx
Makayla
Mrs.Johnson/Greenville High School
Why do people not want to vote? Voting is important in our society, we need every vote to count if you want that certain person to be your president.

11/2/2016
Honolulu
terence
Ms. Falls/Niu valley middle school
I think its important to vote because if no one voted, who would help us, who would improve the community, who would make the world a better place? We need people to make these choices in order for the right people to do their jobs.

11/1/2016
Sidney,Montana
Xasber
Mr.Faulhaber
Voting allows us the rare opportunity to decide the future of our government on the municipal, state, and federal levels. It may seem like our vote often doesn't count, especially in cases where one candidate is strongly favored over another. However, there have been many instances where the candidate has won by a very small margin, such as the 1974 New Hampshire senate race. Every vote counts. I voted for the first time this year. I enjoyed exercising my right to vote and would volunteer at my local precinct in the future.

10/30/2016
St. Louis, MO
Lydia
BMS
The government is a major factor is everyone's life. That is a fact. Everyone is affected when the government chooses to do anything. As an American, you have the right to vote and have your voice heard. It's a shame the many people don't care or don't think they make as difference. Use the upcoming election as an opportunity.

10/28/2016
Honolulu/Hawaii
Huisang
Ms. Falls/ Niu Valley Middle School
I think it is important to vote, because you are choosing your own presidents. If you do not be in the part of the group, it means that you do not care who will be the presidents. It also means dis respect to his/ her country that they do not care about it.

10/27/2016
Honolulu Hawaii
Makana
Niu valley middle school
I think it is important to vote so that we can honor the people who lost there lives so that we have the right to vote.

10/27/2016
Honolulu Hawaii
Makana
Niu valley middle school
I think it is important to vote so that we can honor the people who lost there lives so that we have the right to vote.

10/26/2016
Honolulu Hawaii
Makana
Nip valley middle school
I think it is important to vote so that your voice can be heard on different topics and what you think should be done to address issues in the United States and the community.

10/26/2016
Ohio
Ava
Wayne Trace
It is important to vote so you can voice your opinions.

10/26/2016
oklahoma
Breana
Wagnor Milddle
I think that it is important to vote is because your voice is beging heard every where

10/26/2016
North carolina
Deontaeyah
Mr.Allen
So it is fair to people and to people who want to be president,govener,ect

10/26/2016
Hawaii
Hannah
Niu Valley Midde
Voting is a privilege and it is infuriating that so many neglect to vote. Many non-voters, especially young people, seem to think that one voice doesn’t matter; that their one vote couldn’t possibly make a difference. But that’s a self-fulfilling prophecy: not voting guarantees that your voice will not be heard. And this election year, being too busy or too lazy to vote is especially outrageous because there is so much at stake: health care, immigration reform, and the Supreme Court. And even though I can’t vote yet, I refuse to sit by and watch people waste their opportunity to be a part of change and action. So the week before the election, I’m going to walk precincts. I will to try to convince, rally, and cajole as people many as I can to contribute to the future of America. Because it matters.

10/25/2016
honolulu HI
haliaaaa
niu valley middle
i think it is important to vote because it gives us a change to let our voice to be heard and thats the one thing some peple need.

10/25/2016
Honolulu Hawaii
Brynn
Niu Valley Middle
I believe that it's important to vote because it gives people a chance to let their voices be heard and it helps us elect government officials without anyone making a fuss about it.

10/25/2016
hawaii
brooke
niu valley middle
it lets us have a right for us to agree wit something or disagree

10/25/2016
Hawaii
manny
Niu valley middle school
I think it matters because when know one vote then it just khose

10/25/2016
hawaii
kaila
niu valley middle school
its also important to vote becasue we have to vote who is best for our states and to elect a person that will really help society

10/25/2016
Sylvester/Georgia
Earnest
Mary King/Worth County Elementary School
It is important because it doesn't matter what people say

10/24/2016
Hawaii
Ezra
Niu valley middle school
I also think it is important to vote because it does not matter what gender you are you should be able to vote.

10/24/2016
hawaii
Brooke
niu valley middle school
i think it is important to vote because, it helps you see the better president in america, it lets you see who will make america better and see who will let america have equal rights for everyone. ( idek) :)

10/24/2016
missouri
skyler
Osage county r1 school
i like to vote

10/24/2016
Virginia
Bon Fonjay
Arlington High
I think kids should vote because we have a voice to and I think its important for everybody to vote because everybody has a voice and important

10/24/2016
Columbia/Missouri
Kavion
Frieden/Lange Middle School
I think it's important to have the right to vote because if you end up with two utterly bad candidates, you would want to pick the lesser of two evils. The citizens of the US of A would not prefer a egotistical misogynist or a woman with a criminally troubled track record, but we could choose the one whose less likely to create the biggest financial crisis in human history.

10/20/2016
Hawaii
Ezra
niu valley middle school
I think it is important to vote because all people should get a chance to vote if your under 18.

10/18/2016
wallace
faith
silver hills elementry
i think voting is nothing like, someone becomes the president and the person el. se that wants the one president

10/17/2016
Kansas
Ambur
Eldorado middle school
I think that all people should vote because most women did not get to vote back then and they might have made a big deal out of it, but know they don't want anything to do with voting and they don't like it know. That is not right if you care about it at first then you need to care about it all the time. IT IS NOT RIGHT TO CARE ABOUT IT AND THEN NOT CARE ABOUT IT, IT ISNOT THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

10/6/2016
Sidney, MT
Johren
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Voting is extremely, extremely important in having a say in our government. That is the fundamental ideal which our government is based on, “By the people, for the people.” If you chose not to participate in elections by casting a ballot then you are not taking advantage of the opportunity that we are given in the United States of America to participate in government. Your vote does matter, because if all Americans were to give their opinions and pick officials in elections, think of how different the possible turn out could be for our country. We are lucky to live in a nation that give us this opportunity and not taking advantage of it is ridiculous. You have a right to state your opinion and so you should, no matter the hassle, this is where you can make your voice heard. Of course I would be interested in volunteering at my local precinct, volunteering is a great way to get involved if you are not of age and gives you another chance to participate and better your country.

9/29/2016
Carthage, Tennessee
Kobe
Smith County Middle School
Voting is important because if we don't vote we may lose our rights as citizens of the United States of America to vote and let our voices be heard on who the people vote for. The right for everyone to vote is in the Constitution, Amendment 15 states that we as citizens of the U.S. have the right to vote.

9/27/2016
lynnwood washington
isaac
Mrs. Ormsby
i think that hilary clinton should win the election because shes a woman that has more facts and more better dreams of being a positive president.

9/27/2016
Sidney Mt
Kasey
Faulhaber
When America stared as the thirteen colonies something that bothered the colonist that arguably could what fueled them the most to rebel against the British was the fact that they were represented in Parliament. They had no voice and were taxed without representation. Three hundred years later we still have that voice our founding fathers fought for. This right is seen as so important it is consider God given with the understanding that no one can ever take it away from you. Not only would it be a shame for everyone who has fought to protect your right to that voice, but also you as a person are effect by what other people vote on. Even if you don’t know what is going on you should vote even if you vote for something you find out your against. For then you could learn from your own ignorance to become a better voter.

9/27/2016
Sidney, MT
Quinlyn Tuttle
Mr.Faulhaber
It is important to vote because then we get a majority of people’s opinions, then you can get your voice heard. When you don’t voice your opinion then the government will choose for you. Overall, there are three reasons why you should vote. First off you should vote because of local elections, constitutional amendments, and state referendums. Sure when you vote for president your vote may not have a large impact, but locally your vote could change anything. Secondly, education, educate yourself on what you don’t know. Then you can vote accordingly to that the issue may be. Lastly, voting is your responsibility. If you didn’t vote then you cannot complain. Sure everyone has the right to vote and that is great. But people should not only vote for their supporting candidate but for the bigger picture.

9/27/2016
Sidney, MT
Andrew
Mr. Faulhaber
Voting for president, governor, or for anybody running for a position of power is imperative to ensure that your voice will be heard. Personally, I feel that it is incredibly important to vote for the candidate that you most closely ally your opinions with. By voting for a particular candidate, that shows that you have free will and are willing to vocalize your opinion despite what other people may think about it. An article by Huffington Post stated that a higher voter turnout leads to better representation because one candidate may or may not win an election if their supporters do not take the initiative to vote for them. Some races may be very close, every vote for every candidate counts. However, I feel that if you are particularly uninformed (and you'd know it) about the policies of any of the candidates or are only familiar with the policies of ONE candidate, then you should strongly consider refraining from voting until you gain a general understanding of the other candidates' viewpoints. All Americans want what is best for the United States, so it is important to vote for the person who you think will maintain your/our values as Americans in the vest way possible.

9/27/2016
Sidney/Montana
Zach
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney Hgh School
I feel that if you don’t have the knowledge of who you are voting for and the policy that they have adopted that that you shouldn’t vote. I have been seeing this a lot of this with several Trump supporters and some Hillary supporters. An example is such as Trump having a wall built and making Mexico pay for it. Now how is he gonna make Mexico pay for it is a question that I haven’t seen on Trump’s side but they still support him on this idea. If voters aren’t going to research their candidates and what they believe in then I see that as a down fall to society which we shouldn’t be encouraging. That is in an ideal world though mainly because the people that support candidates on almost zero facts are not going to change their opinion. In a perfect world thought that is the idea that I would like in which we vote based on facts. Today about 21% of voters are simply in this position in which that cannot for a good argument for their candidate. I believe that if a candidate is to be elected that it should be on the basis of their policy and not on their appearance. This is especially true this year as we can see several comments from voter which we see on social media today. I believe if your gonna vote, only vote if you know what you are voting for.

9/27/2016
Sidney, MT
Laura Elmore
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
It is important to vote because it gives people a type of voice on what is going to happen, such as presidency, marriage laws, equal rights, etc. It is also important because if most people quit voting, there would have been little to no reason for those who fought for everyone's right to vote. When people suffer in order to gain something and then down the line others decide to give it up, it becomes unappreciated and almost useless. By giving an individual a voice, it allows them to at least give their thoughts to others and possibly make a change. Also, by voting, it acknowledges that the individual really does care about what is going on around them. Overall, voting is important because it allows the minority to get their fight in and let them share their opinions, as well as the majority.

9/27/2016
Sidney/Montana
Justin
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
It is key people vote when given the opportunity. While the point can be made that most people are ignorant and shouldn’t be voting, it is still a right that people should exercise. In the long history of the United States many groups have fought for the right to vote. One of these groups was women. The women boycotted and led many protests while putting up with social injustice to receive suffrage. The reason they went through those trials is simple. In order to have laws favoring you or a certain group you need to vote. One example of this is Medicare. According to PEW Research Center 52% of people ages 19-28 say that Medicare will place too much of a financial burden on the younger generation. The politicians will change little about Medicare though, because it does not gain them votes since that the same age group that finds that a major concern barely votes. The message from this is in order for the politicians to listen to you, you have to vote. The women realized this and acquired suffrage to have their voices heard on issues and laws. Voting is a good way for the majority to rule while having the minority playing a role in the bigger picture.

9/26/2016
Sidney, MT
Landan
Mr. Faulhaber, Sidney High School
In my opinion, voting is undeniably the one right that we should exercise each and every time we can, because that is the only way in which we can truly shape not only how our futures will turn out, but also our children and all the generations following us. This is based on the simple fact that we vote for the people who represent our interests, and will follow through with what we believe is best for our cities, communities, states, and country. On the contrary to this, however, is the sad truth that many Americans refuse to vote for they do not know how, or they do not believe that they are informed enough, or even because they do not believe that their vote matters. This all comes down to one simple word; education. To encourage young voters to run to the polls, we must educate them on how to do even the most basic steps of registering. Then, we must teach them how to decide where they stand on issues, and also where they can apply these beliefs in everyday life and especially when it comes time to vote.

9/26/2016
Sidney/MT
Tessa
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
It is important to vote so that your voice can be heard. It is your basic right and your responsibility. Voting is the first step towards interaction and involvement with the government and shows that you are part of a larger movement as a whole. Not only that, it shows that you are independent and have the power to agree or disagree with the government. Deafvote.com stated, "It is an essential part of the Denocratic process and a democracy only works when people are engaged in it." However, it is critical that voters are informed on political, social, and economic issues and are active in their community. This ensures that they had solid opinions and are capable of making an educated decision rather than an eenie-meenie-miny-mo one. Voting is a valuable experience and proves that one person CAN make a difference!

9/26/2016
Sidney, MT
Dawson
Mr. Faulhaber
I think voting is very important. Voting is what gives people a choice in how they want to make their country better. A majority of people don’t vote, mostly because they are not up to date with the issues and how they want them to be handled. Also, people just don’t care. I would try to convince the non-voters to vote, mainly because everyone’s opinion matters. Inform yourselves and get your opinion out there, don’t sit back and watch. Voting is what keeps the U.S. from being a dictatorship or tyranny. We are very fortunate to have the right to vote and that needs to be taken advantage of.

9/26/2016
Sidney Montana
Megan
Mr. Faulhaber
Voting is important because even though you do not think it matters it does. You can encourage it, this will show others how it may effect you therefor other people. When other people see that you are voting they see that they aren't alone in their thoughts. That other people may have the same ideas and if you all vote that makes a huge impact. Not to mention, voting is one of our rights that we have earned. So why would we not put our opinion out because as Americans we all love our own opinion .

9/26/2016
Sidney, MT
Chantel
Mr. Faulhaber, Sidney High School
In America, voting is an important part of our society as a Republic. If people do not feel that they do not have a clear choice on who to vote for, they shouldn't vote just because our country is all about voicing your opinion. In fact, they shouldn't vote if they have no idea anything about either candidate. These voter's choice to vote without knowing that is who they want in office will actually cancel out the people who actually know what's going on, all because they think they are voting on who is better for our country. Voters have the opportunity to learn and create opinions on issues just by looking up resources to gain knowledge about the issue. The people who choose not to look up the information in order to make a real decision on who to vote for, rather than just voting for who everyone else they know is voting for, should not be able to vote people into office, such as the president. People should and do have the right to vote, whether people take this right and use it to their advantage is their choice. People should not be forced to vote once they turn 18, but if they feel what this country has done to accomplish goals was not the right way, they should look into who is running and try to see their points on how to fix this issue. Some people in this country just don't care enough to get the facts straight about which candidate agrees with what on certain issues and if everyone tried at least somewhat to understand what is going on in the country around them, I feel that this country would be a much better Republic and all around better place to live.

9/25/2016
Sidney, MT
Michael
Mr. Faulhaber
It IS important to vote for many different reasons, to name a few, voting is a constitutional right, there is more to vote on than just the president, and in a close race every vote matters. First and foremost, voting is a constitutional right granted to the citizens of the United States. This right is extremely important because in many areas around the world, such as Afghanistan, voting isn’t so easy. People who turn out to vote in Afghanistan are often subject to acts of terror and corruption. Here in the United States, it is safe to vote and the vote actually counts and isn’t corrupted. Thanks to the men and women who fight and have fought to protect this simple yet ever so important right, it is extremely significant that the people of the United States exercise this right. Secondly, there are more people and issues to vote on inside the booth than just the president. The ballot usually includes representatives, senators, judges, governors, etc. These positions are very important to vote on because these positions are taken within the state and often have a more direct impact on the voter. Third, in smaller local elections, and even larger tight races, every single vote matters. One example might be a local county’s sheriff election. In a town of less than 5,000, one vote could determine who gets the job. A single vote many not seem like much but at the end of the day, every citizen’s single vote works to determine who wins races and what measures pass.

9/16/2016
conyers,GA
kevin
edwards middle school
All people should have the right to vote all over the world. Voting is good for some people because they want their voice to be heard. We need informed and active voters at the local, state, and national level because it helps the economy, honor history, and it changes communities. People like to vote to help their economy. For reasons they like to keep their country safe and well protected. Some people are very serious about how they live and how the economy is in their location because they want to have good economics. people know what is best for the citizens so when it comes to voting they vote for the best one. People vote to effect change. People vote to make differences they want for them self’s so they could feel better. People may not be happy for what kind of vote other people want for example people protest just to make a voter vote for who they want. Some people may not have a chance to vote so they make someone vote for someone else. Some vote so they could change their communities. People want the ones who will change their communities and make them good/great for all the ones that live there. From most people they like to keep their homes safes and they want to keep them that way and they make sure nothing bad happens to it. Some people vote for the ones that are going to keep and helps the communities be safe and stay well take care of.

4/12/2016
Petrusville/South-Africa
Daphne Brown
Petrusville High School
As a matriculant I think voting is important because we want a better future for the upcoming generation.I also think that voting will make our voices clear enough,to let athe right candidates run OUR country.With our voices clear enough we can be assured that we are going to have a far much better future.

4/7/2016
Sidney, MT
Sadie
Mr. Faulhaber
Most people do not vote because they feel they do not know enough about the candidates or the issues people talk about. Maybe they feel their vote will not matter in the long run. Which is wrong because every vote counts. They also could think they are not old enough or mature enough to vote for the younger age group of voters. Voting does matter and is very important because you do live in this country and every decision does affect you maybe not directly at that moment but who becomes the president will affect you and everyone around you who matters. Voting is participating in your country it is a way of showing that you care.

3/30/2016
Sidney, MT
Coleton
Mr. Faulhaber / Sidney High School
A lot of people choose not to vote because they feel that they don’t know enough about the candidates or feel that their vote will not matter. While it’s true that a lot of Americans don’t pay attention to the presidential candidates, or other candidates, it’s still important to vote. And thinking that a vote will not matter is a common misconception, because every vote matters.

3/24/2016
Sidney/MT
Brianna
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think voting is important, but at the same time I believe a person needs to be informed and educated on the issues and candidates on hand. There are many uninformed people voting, who are ruining our country; they are voting for who looks the best or sounds the best, not for who is truly the best for our country. I think people should be voting if they are informed.

3/18/2016
Sidney/Montana
Desirae
Mr.Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Voting is a very important thing to do because it helps our democracy. It gives the people of a state, and our country the right to have a choice in our government. You can choose who you think is a great leader.

3/18/2016
Sidney, MT
Maika
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
By voting you are able to have a say in the people that are elected into office. It gets you more civically engaged in your community.

3/18/2016
Sidney montana
Kyle Mueller
Mr. Faulhaber/ SHS
It is important to vote becuase it will help you express your opinion when it come to the way you want things done. I wouldnt convince anyone to vote becuase it is not my choice if they want to vote or not. I would in no way be interested in volunteering at my local precict.

3/18/2016
Sidney, MT
Clay Fox
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
To me voting is no where near the top of the list as far as priorities go. I totally agree with those who say that 18 year olds are a bad new voting group because of the fact that almost all 18 year olds are going through a difficult stage in life and don't have the time and effort left over to put forth to voting. However I do see the importance in it for those who do have the time and effort to spare. It is important to a lot of people what kinds of laws and little acts get passed, and ballots are a very effective way to get your voice heard. Some say that "I'm just one person, how will I influence anything?" The thing is that a lot of people say this and it eventually adds up to a huge influence.

3/18/2016
Sidney, Montana
Kaitlyn T.
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
Being able to vote is huge. It is very important; it is also important to know what you are voting about. You should prepare yourself with the knowledge of each candidates ideals and platforms before you feel ready to vote, especially if this is your first time voting. Take a little bit of time to study up on each candidate to know what they support or oppose. If a candidate supports your same ideals you might cast a vote in their direction. If a candidate is against what you support and you don't realize it, you could vote for someone who you actually don't want in the White House. That is why voting is important.

3/18/2016
Sidney/MT
Taryn
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think voting is important. I think being able to vote can express your way about the government. I also think its important if you are educated in the government then you should most definitely should vote.

3/18/2016
Sidney, MT
Heather Chreiman
Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
It's important to vote because you get a say in the government officials. And if you're educated enough you'll want your voice to be heard. So therefore you should vote.

3/18/2016
Sidney, MT
Hunter Nice
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I feel like voting is very important. Voting not only lets you vote for who is going to run the United States. You can think more locally and focus on issues brought up like smoking in restaurants. Voting makes you apart of something and lets you have a say on what is going to change or not change in your town, county, or country.

3/18/2016
Sidney, MT
Trista
Mr. Faulhaber / Sidney High Schools
It is important to vote because that is how you voice your opinion on the government. Being able to vote gives you many options to change something you don't like. Also, you may be the one vote that ends up changing the policy. So I believe when you have the right you should vote!

3/18/2016
Sidney/ MT
Kelsie
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
It's important to vote because it gives you a say in the government. The government is supposed to represent the people and the only way that happens is through voting. I would tell people that voting is a great way to change something that affects you. Voting is a great way to get involved in the government and every vote matters.

3/18/2016
Sidney/Montana
Tel Hermanson
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think that voting is very important. Being able to vote in government officials is what seperates the United States from other countries around the world. I think that people should be smart with voting. If they do not know a policy or candidate very well then they should not vote on the issue. People who blindly vote on things they do not know about can cause some complications. I do believe voting is the one of the only ways to voice your opinion on the government. I think that in national elections people's votes from montana dont matter because the election is basically already decided, but in state and local elections are votes really do matter.

3/18/2016
Sidney, MT
Kade Jacobson
Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
It is important to vote for you can help be a decision maker on many issues that are present today. It is a fundamental right to be able to vote on who it is that runs the government locally, statewide, and nationally. To encourage others to vote I would bring up issues that they deem need to be changed and inform them of who it was that closely resembles their views. As far as volunteering goes at the local precinct, I would leave that to more qualified hands for I have yet to vote for the first time to know how the process goes.

3/18/2016
Sidney, MT
Chelsey
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
Voting is important because that is a right that we receive that most do not. Many other countries do not have the option to vote. Would I be interested in volunteering at the local office? No, I would not. I do not agree with the standards set for those who are allowed to vote, and for the way votes are said to be “equal” when in reality, they are not. I have not voted already, but would be able to in the coming election.

3/18/2016
Sidney, Montana
Danielle
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe that no matter how much you know on all the issues you should still vote so that you have a say in the issues that you do know and care about. Voting gives you the right to help decide what things should be done to make the country a better place for everyone. Just like in the article, voting gives you the opportunity to decide on thing like bond issues that grant the government permission to borrow money for construction projects and other developments. I think everyone should take voting seriously becasue everyones opinion matters.

3/18/2016
Sidney/Montana
Dominic
Faulhaber/Sidney High School
It is of importance to vote as to show that you are a part of society and at least have a little interest in government. Personally I find no interest or determination in convincing others to vote or get involved with voting as it is their choice.

3/18/2016
Sidney, MT
Nick
Mr. Faulhaber
Its important to vote because you pay in all this money to the gov. so they can run the country off of your hard earned money. Why not vote so you know what your money is being used for. Alot of people dont understand the importance of voting and its sad to see our country going into such termoil because very few stand up for what they believe in and vote for people that will benefit the country.

3/18/2016
sidney, MT
Lane
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
I dont think voting is all that important. By the time you vote in montana the decision is already made. Maybe if Your in a state with more votes then it might matter.

3/17/2016
Sidney/Montana
Michael
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I would say that these are valid points made by the community. Many people who are in the community do not spend large amounts of time getting to know the issues being debated on in D.C and where some of the candidates stand on such issues. For people who have just moved, it can be difficult to find out where you can vote and if the methods are the same as where they have come from. The prospect of voter ID is deterring considering some families wouldn't be able to spare the expenses to go through the process of getting one. I don't know exactly what I would say considering the possibilities of situations where a seemingly simple answer to you would do no good to them.

3/17/2016
Sidney, MT
Marlee
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
It is super important to vote because enough votes together can change anything. Voting not only decides who will be in a certain office but it also can decides major issues as well. I would to tell people that their vote means a lot more than they think to get them to vote. I would also tell them if they wish to see change that they must vote for change. I would not mind volunteering at my local precinct. I think if I did that I would be able to help others and be able to push people to see my views. I have not voted yet, but I plan to vote this year for sure.

3/17/2016
Sidney,MT
Dillon
Faulhaber/Sidney High School
It is important to vote because it is part of democracy. Our founding fathers fought for the right to vote rather than to just have virtual representation. I would tell peers and family member that it is not just their future that is at stake when voting but their children's as well. Much of what we vote for the government to do influences the role that our government will take. I would be interested in volunteering in a local precinct. I have not voted yet.

3/17/2016
Sidney, MT
Mikayla Holley
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think it is important to vote to give your opinion, but it can be drowned out by the clear majority. Personally I take the time to do research on a few of the topics that are discussed during debates, mainly because I like debating, but some people don't have as much time on their hands as I do. So some say why vote when not a single vote really counts. and I'd have to agree with that. If you aren't the majority, you are ignored. I have no clear solution for this dilemma, for each one I think of only leads to more chaos. I think keeping it the way we have it for now would be the best and safest way we take action.

3/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Tayler F
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think it’s very important to vote. There are a lot of people who complain about not having a say in government when they have the opportunity to vote. People often use the excuse that they don’t know how to vote or that they don’t know much about the candidates, but I think that it is their responsibility as a citizen to figure it out. It doesn’t take much to look up the candidates’ websites to learn more about them, or to look up how to vote or even just ask someone since there are so many people willing to help. Voting gets people involved in government which I think is important and I also think that citizens should take part in deciding how they are able to live and what rights they have.

3/16/2016
Sidney/MT
Matt
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
Voting is important because it is a way of having your voice heard. I think that it isn't important to vote for everything, though. If you are uneducated about the topic then it would be pointless to vote.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Tojah
Mr. Hanna/ JHS
I think that its important to vote because you want to make a different for your country. If you vote you have the chance to have your input in your country. It's important to vote because when it's neck and neck in the primary race, every vote does count. Your vote can be the change that everyone hoped for.

3/15/2016
Sidney/Montana
Lexi Haggerty
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think a big reason why it is important to vote is because we need to get people involved in our government. We need responsible people to take charge in our government system. Many people are being irresponsible by saying they are going to vote for a president just because of the publicity they are receiving. I think another reason it is important to vote is because it is allowing us to have a say in government. People always say how much the government runs things and doesn’t let people have a say well this allows people to have a say. I think it is definitely a good idea to vote.

3/15/2016
Sidney, Montana
Christian Eggar
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
I think voting to a point is important. Not everyone should vote though. In some cases people just vote to do so. I think that the people who truly want to vote should. But the people who do not take voting seriously should not vote. It is important though that some people vote. In my opinion I believe that we need to have people understand the person that they are voting for. So in conclusion I belive that we as the people of the United States should vote, and take that voting seriously. So yes vote, but vote for a reason!

3/15/2016
Sidney Montana
Micala Morehouse
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
I think that voting is important because it gets you involved in your government and also helps you to understand politics. It also gets you to have a say in your government. I would tell them the reasons on why I think it is important to vote. I think it would be cool to volunteer at my local election just to get a different perspective on the way elections work. I have not voted in an election yet, but I cannot wait till the next one so I can!

3/14/2016
Sidney, MT
Quinn McGlothlin
Mr.Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think that it is important to vote for the people of the United States. But sometimes people just vote to vote. Or people just vote for the political party they belong too, even if the candidate running isn’t a strong one. Sometimes people even vote for the candidate’s name they recognize the most. People may not even know what that candidate intends to do if they are elected for office. In my opinion I think that people should vote for the best candidate that is running for president. Instead people vote for their own party or they vote for candidate that everyone else is voting for. But I do think that it is important for everyone to vote.

3/12/2016
Clark summit, PA
Michael
Ms. Rudzinski / Abington Heights Middle School
I believe that certain children of America who are responsible enough should be allowed to vote. I say certain because in this years election many kids say, " Donald Trump 2016" because of many trends and posts about him but do not even know what he stands for which if we allow these kids to vote can be very bad for our government. i know though that there are kids that take politics very seriously and that know more about it then there parents and earn the day they will be able to vote. A way we can separate the "active" from the "non-active" is make kids who want to vote to take a test that is similar to but easier then the citizenship test. With very bright kids we can tip the scale and create a great nation.

3/4/2016
Elko,nevada
Jacob
Dewitt/SCMS
The kids of america should be able to vote for whom they think because its not fair adults get to vote, then they brag to us that they want us to feel alone. but if we can have the right to vote we would at least be on the same level on the voting part.

3/3/2016
Elko, Nevada
Josalynne Mosley
Ms.Eckert/AMS
We kids should be able to vote, not just adults,the kids who can understand it all, or the ones who have the ideas that adults can't even think of can change for the better, but kids are just kids am I right? We should vote, this is breaking the second amendment if freedom of speech, so really you're taking our rights and giving them to adults

3/2/2016
Elko, NV
Abigail
Adobe Middle School
I think that everyone (including kids) should be allowed to vote. Some kids know what voting is for and what all we need to do. :yes I am a kid too:

3/2/2016
Elko/Nevada
Hunter
Mrs. eckert
well personally i dont think everyone should vote because some of the candadites arent the best people to vote.

2/1/2016
faridabad
harshita
st.johns
we should know our duties

1/19/2016
Seymour CT.
Riley
Bungay Elementary
I think it is importent to vote so everything is fair wether it is voting for president or voting for a game in school say only one person was able to pick who the president was what if that person was mean and wanted to go into war know one would like that and it would be the kids worst nightmare not only the two countrys will be in war but everyone would be

1/9/2016
Torrington
Katherine
Mrs. Rowland Torrington High School
It is important to vote because if you don't your voice will never be heard in my family every four years they complain that they like one candidate better than the other than for four years someone complains that someone didn't get elected when they didn't vote. Every vote counts even though you are one person you can still make a difference.

11/3/2015
Oxford,Maine
Audrey Bickford
Mr.Cummings, Oxford Middle School
If we didn't have voting, then who would run. Voting is important because voting is having everyone listen to each others voices, and its for sharing your voices for the world.

11/2/2015
Martinsville.VA
Cayden
Ashley Diaz/Patrick Henry elementary school
Voting is important because it is a good thing for people who want to be the president of the United States of America and kids will start to doing it and also run for president of the United States of America

6/2/2015
West Memphis/Arkansas
Andreniece Butler
Mr.Hill/Mid-South Community College
Voting is important because it is your voice as a citizen of The United States of American.

4/14/2015
Vava'u
Lesieli Tupou
Mr Matangi/ Vava'u High School
I really think that you and I have the right to vote. First it is fun and it really with kids future

4/9/2015
Cheyenne Wy
Baylor
Strattonhan
voting is this countrys backbone

3/29/2015
Honolulu/ Hawai'i
Kaleo
Mrs. Gonzales/ HFCA
So things won't be unfair.

2/27/2015
Bakersfield, CA
Jacob
North High School
Voteng iz emportunt bcuz we knead to hav a prezident. An without a prez we wood be kiled by the comunits.

2/13/2015
Troy NY
Tiffany Simpson
Mrs. LeCuyer
Voting is important because we need it to pick our next leader who will change things that the people really want. They listen to our words and inspire us to change and do better things in life.

2/10/2015
miami
tynyeasha
west little river k-8 center
I want to vote

12/10/2014
Chandrapura/Jharkhand
ISHIKA BHATTACHARJEE
Mr.DK Choudhary
Voting is important because of our better future.

11/18/2014
ca
vince
robinson
in my opinion a great porcentage of citizens are not putting in practice their basic right to vote due to bad propaganda aired by TV and radio. if the mesage sent out was more positive nore uninformed, elegible poeple would take part in elections. if politicians did use these tools to inform communities of their intention rather than attack their opponents the outcome would be more in their favor.

11/18/2014
Palm Coast/Florida
Trysta
Ms.Harding/Rymfire
To me voting is important its help us kids with a better way to learn

11/18/2014
Florida
Landon
Mr.Fox
Why is voting important

11/10/2014
Ann Arbor,Michigan
Sahil
Mrs.Parkus
I think voting is good for our people

11/9/2014
Tampa/Florida
Minh
Mrs.Munroe/Lake Myrtle
It's important to vote

10/24/2014
Iowa
Kelli
GCHS
Honestly, I think that voting isn't important. The electoral college can vote for who they want. If they disagree with who the people vote for, they can change it and vote for the opposing canidate, and the people can't do anything about it. While this doesn't happen often, it can happen. Really, it's the electoral college who choses the President, not the people.

4/30/2014
up faizabad
akhil
ups
voters will not only be able to select their representatives in government for the next term, but they also often have the ability to decide on measures like bond issues that grant the government permission to borrow money for construction projects and other developments. And sometimes voters cast their ballots on social issues such as allowing same-sex marriage or banning smoking in restaurants and bars.

3/11/2014
Free State Welkom in Thabong
Mokgethi lerato shearly
Teto High School
In ma school we create and promote a culture of respect, good manners and high level of moral behaviour amongst learnersas well as between learners and member of the staff.We always have a good time with our teachers and we like the way our principal deal with thing's....And we also like her...

2/12/2014
Memphis Tennessee
Markyiah
Ms.Billy
Voting is cool.

1/26/2014
usa
muhammad
ms. martin
voting is awesome

11/26/2013
Ontario
Kaka
Miss Pipi
Parce que c'est la loi démocratique

2/6/2013
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Matt
Central Dauphin High School
I believe that it is very important to vote because then we know what the country wants by getting a more accurate count and our country needs to make sure that we get the right person in office.

1/4/2013
Belleville/ New York
NATHAN
Miss. Colby/Bellellive Henderson
I think that it is important to vote because it helps get your voice out and who you want into office.

1/1/2013
Montgomery/Texas
Hunter B.
Metzger/Montgomery
Democracy is a huge part of our nation. It is all based off of our votes. It has to remain that way.

12/9/2012
CA
Yovana
Monache High School
It is important to vote because it is part of democracy. Our founding fathers fought for the right to vote rather than to just have virtual representation. I would tell peers and family member that it is not just their future that is at stake when voting but their children's as well. Much of what we vote for the government to do influences the role that our government will take. I would be interested in volunteering in a local precinct. I have not voted yet.

12/9/2012
California
Melissa
Monache
Honestly, it's frustrating to see so many individuals who have the privilege to vote not vote and then complain about how the government isn't satisfying them. If you want to see a change or elect someone into office that you feel should be there then vote!

12/8/2012
Montgomery, Tx.
Savannah
Metzger
I feel that a lot of the reason that most people dont vote is due to the media mainly focusing on two opposite parties (Democrat and Republican) on when neither one satisfies on the majority of citizens.

12/7/2012
benson/AZ
dakota
sorenson/benson
I think is important because we are part of america.

11/28/2012
charlottsville,va
michael
bailey/mhs
It is important to vote due to every one has a saying in our government.In other words if people vote we say what goes on in our country's streets,goverment, and laws

11/27/2012
Porterville, CA
Weston
Smith/MHS
It is important to vote to ensure that the majority really does rule. So many people don't vote that many laws are passed supposedly representing the American people, but really don't. I would not be interested in volunteering at my local precinct. I have not voted in a local election.

11/26/2012
Irving/Tx
Jennifer T.
Bradley/Nimitz
Voting allows you to "directly" impact government by choosing our nation's leader. We vote for the candidate that we want to see in office, so it reflects our political thoughts, values, and beliefs. We would not be a democracy if citizens were not allowed to vote. If you are given the right and opportunity to vote why not? It is easy and simple. If you don't speak up for what you believe, you won't get what you want.

11/16/2012
Irving/Texas
Lily
Bradley/Nimitz
To be a citizen of this country we have certain rights and privileges. We also have certain responsibilities to be active in positive change. We all contribute to society, either in a positive way or a negative way. That's why it's important to vote because it's the first step of involvement and interaction with our government. If we didn't vote people wouldn't take us seriously, and we would have no right to complain about how our government's being run. Someone else would make decisions for us, and we'd have no voice against them. Your vote is your voice in government. To convince my peers and family members to vote, I would explain the importance of doing so. I'd do my best to get my point across to them clearly, and understandably. I would be interested in volunteering at my local precinct just to experience the voting process considering I’m not old enough to vote. It'd prepare me for when I can actually participate in my government's decisions.

11/16/2012
Belleville/NY
Kristia
Miss Colby/BHCS
It is extremely important to vote. Without voting one can't have their opinion shown. The vote is a way to show that you care for this country and want to see new ideas come foward for the future.

11/16/2012
Henderson/NY
Peter
Miss Colby/Belleville Henderson Central School
It is important to vote because it shows who is more qualified to be a president.

11/15/2012
Watertown/MA
Tatevik
Mr. Rimas/Watertown High School
It is important to vote because you are giving your opinion. It is your dedication to your government. By voting you are showing your interest to the future of your country.

11/15/2012
Watertown / MA
Diora
Rimas
Voting is important because it gives everyone the chance to speak out and choose the right person for the presidency.

11/15/2012
Watertown/MA
Norah
Rimas/Watertown
Because who gets elected affects your future so you need to vote!

11/15/2012
Watertown/MA
Alec
Mr. Rimas
It's important to vote because while the President doesn't have complete power over what happens in the government he plays a a major part in it and will act according to where he personally stands.

11/15/2012
Watertown/MA
Rose
Rimas/Watertown
It's important because it's your future your voting towards and this gives you an opportunity to speak your opinion.

11/15/2012
Watertown/ MA
Wilson J
Mr. Rimas
It's important because if you didn't Mitt Romney could have become our president.

11/15/2012
Watertown/MA
Jadzia
Rimas/Watertown
Voting is your way of expressing your opinions on issues you would not normally have an opportunity to. This opportunity only happens once a year and it is your way of telling the people who have power what you want to happen. This year had a very high turn out of voters but this should be the turn out every year. Although some people think they should only vote in elections every four years they should really vote every year. As many point out, people in other counties fight for this right and we have it every year. There are many resources to help one learn about the issues so that should certainly not be used as an excuse to not vote. Even though I desperately wanted to vote this election year, I was a year off.

11/15/2012
Watertown/MA
Romana
Mr. Rimas/ Watertown High School
I think its good to vote because of voting we might choose the right person so that person might save our country from bad things that happening........

11/15/2012
Watertown/ MA
Ariana S
Mr. Rimas
It's important to vote so you have a say in who you want running the country. If you vote it shows that you have a stand in the world- and if you don't vote then you shouldn't be allowed to go against who ever wins since you didn't do your duty as a citizen and vote.

11/15/2012
Watertown/MA
Ayush
Mr.Rimas/Watertown High School
It is important to vote because because we can choose the person who is good to run the government and it is our right to vote

11/15/2012
Watertown / ma
Michael T.
mr.rimas/watertown high school
I think its important to vote because it helps choose the right person for the job they choose and its the right thing to help our citizenship

11/15/2012
Watertown/MA
Barry
John Rimas/Watertown High
It is important to vote for many reasons. First of all it is very easy and doesn't require much work. Secondly, you should want to know who will be the next president or town council member will be etc. The only way to cast you're voice on the matter is to vote for who you believe is best fit for the job. The best thing you can do for your country is to vote for who you feel can do the best job. If you dont vote, you are not using youre voice properly. Go out and vote, its easy and the right thing to do!

11/15/2012
Watertown, MA
Anas
Mr. Rimas/Watertown High School
The leader of the United States of America, otherwise known as Mr. President, is elected by the public as voters choose who they think would do a better job at leading our fine country. America is a democracy and therefore the importance of political awareness and voting is stressed even more. Without voting, the results of who our country thinks should lead us will be flawed and thus might yield a person the majority of the public does not agree with. The more people who vote, the less underrepresented our public we will be and the power the people will have, which is an ideal our Founding Fathers fought for.

11/15/2012
Watertown/MA
Stephanie
Rimas/Watertown
Voting allows us the rare opportunity to decide the future of our government on the municipal, state, and federal levels. It may seem like our vote often doesn't count, especially in cases where one candidate is strongly favored over another. However, there have been many instances where the candidate has won by a very small margin, such as the 1974 New Hampshire senate race. Every vote counts. I voted for the first time this year. I enjoyed exercising my right to vote and would volunteer at my local precinct in the future.

11/13/2012
Irving/Texas
Linda
Bradley/Nimitz
I think it is important to vote because it allows you be a part of the voice of America. The purpose of the people voting for their candidate is to see what “America” wants. But what if less and less people voted? People usually choose the candidate that would most likely help them. So why should you let other people choose what you want? Maybe what they choose is not what you want but you would have to deal with it because you didn't take action and voted. I am still not capable of voting because of age requirement, and therefore I do not have an experience to share, but volunteering at my local precinct is something interesting i could do.

11/13/2012
Irving Texas
Jasmin T.
Nimitz Bradley
People always complain that the government isn't good, or its never going to go smoothly. I noticed half the people that said those kind of things never voted, never contributed to society, or did anything to make a change. Voting is beyond just important, I think it should be something you have to do as a citizen. As citizens we want so much, we want to be heard and all this but don't want to vote? Voting for whatever it may be, in city hall about where you put your trash on trash day or who you want to be the president. Our vote matters, our vote could be that change that we want to see, not only talk about but actually do something so it can happen!

11/8/2012
Rudyard, Mt
Donovan
Mrs.Campbell / Northstar
Voting is a big deal. Voting for the runners up for president can change, how the government will do. The election is a good thing when its comes to a president. The election outcomes are determined by those who participate and come to vote to. When I went to vote I didn't know what to do, should I vote of Mitt or Obama. Then it hit me, I now who to vote for. Then after I voted and I was so happy that I did and it felt so good and I said to myself "I compliation something in life.

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