Why Voting Matters
Our political system is one that produces big policy consequences from little, even miniscule, vote margins. This has been strengthened in recent decades by increasing partisan polarization.
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. In fact, 51% of registered voters won’t take 5 minutes to research the issues, candidates. 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 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. We have been a part of campaigns where we have won and lost by a hand full of votes. Consequences good or bad of negligence is inevitable.