2016-08-31 / Political Page

Your Voice Matters!

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”

—Franklin Delano Roosevelt

From the revolutionary cries of “No taxation without representation!” to today, when over 146 million Americans are registered to vote, we understand the importance of selecting our representatives who we believe are going to speak for us and are going to push our shared ideals forward. But over the past few elections we have seen the number of American voters drop; in 2000 we had 54.2% of eligible voters actually turn out to vote, the next few elections we see a slight increase, 2004 with 60.4% and in 2008 with 62.3%, but in 2012 we see another drop, going to 57.5%. If this trend continues it will be almost like spitting in the face of our founding fathers.

Whenever the topic of voting is brought up in conversation, there is always a mix of answers especially during this rollercoaster ride of an election season. But the one excuse for not voting that I hear the most is always “Why vote. My vote does not matter anyway.” Voting is a right that allows Americans to truly be free, the idea that everyone has a say as to who will become the next leader of government, whether it be a local, state, or federal election. This is a right that is not shared around the world and I do believe is truly taken for granted. Your vote does matter and we have evidence of that from this year’s Democratic Primaries. in Methuen, a small county in northern Massachusetts, the deciding vote of who won that county was down to one ballot, 3,408 votes for Hillary Clinton and 3,409 votes for Sen. Bernie Sanders.

I will say it again and I will keep saying it, Your Voice Matters! So no matter what, I encourage everyone to get out of their house on Tuesday, November 8 and exercise their right to vote. No matter whom you are voting for, whether it is Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Republican nominee Donald Trump, or third party candidates Gary Johnson the Libertarian nominee or Dr. Jill Stein the Green Party nominee. Always stay informed and vote for whomever you believe would be best for the country. And for all of those who want to see systematic and fundamental changes, always remember that it is easier to change something from bottom up than it is from top down, local and state elections are equally as important as the presidential election.

—Austin Piazza

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