Why Should We Vote?

Voting is not being forced upon us is it? It is not a responsibility, so why should we vote? My vote doesn't count and it won't change anything. For many years these are the things people have been thinking about and that may be the reason they do not vote.

However, here in the United States Of America, we have the power to vote. It is not just a responsibility, it is a source of power. Our politicians may think they have the power, but they are wrong. It is true, that they are the ones making the laws, deciding the rules. For one example, they decide how much a person gets taxed.

But what they need to know, is we are the ones in power. Yes we have set up tent in Wall Street. Then we were sent home with just a little tear gas, wasn't that funny? We voiced our opinions in small protests, but not much attention was paid to that.

The problem we have now is only 58% or so of the people here in the United States ever vote. And that is on an important election day. Why is that? We argue, we complain, we protest, but we don't vote. That needs to change and it needs to change now if you want your country to be a better place. Then get out and vote. Our politicians are more interested in making money for themselves, then helping you, your children, or your elderly parents.

Some people say " I cannot vote because the polls close before I get off work, or I can't drive anymore". Did you know you can vote online? Go to google and type in " where to vote online" then put in the name of your state. Then you don't have to to drive to vote, take time off from work to vote, you can even register to vote online.

Another important reason to vote is to make our politicians do the right thing. When more of us start to vote, they will begin to understand we are not children. You can find online a record of what they have done and what they have not done. Write this down, make a list. Call the person running for office. It does not matter if the person is the town mayor, or a senator, representative. You can contact them and let them know if they did not do what they said they would do. And since they did not do what they said they would do, you will vote for someone who will do the job correctly. There is an easy way to do that also. An example is to Google Rob Portman. That gives information about who he is, Issues and Legislation, Commitments, Assignments, and CONTACT. The more people who contact the better. Then the politicians will know we are paying attention to what they do and we will vote for or against them.

We have more power then they know we have, but only if we vote. Please remember " We The People Of The United States In Order To Form A More Perfect Union".......Need to vote!

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richfsr 4 years ago

Actually I did not know we could vote online. Thanks for the info.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Your welcome, I did not know either until I was studying for this hub.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

Your message regarding the importance of voting cannot be understated. But as you see, you have actually spread information toward achieving that end. Well done, well said my friend. ^ awesome & shared


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rabbit75 4 years ago

Voting is important, yes, that is true and somewhat not. Getting the right information on candidates is extremely crucial! People putting the wrong people in the senate and congress and any position of power is determined by voting also.

Some people don't even follow what's going on and vote on whatever party they consider themselves, be it "conservative" or "liberal".

Reagan raised taxes, so did Bush Sr., and so did Clinton...two from a party that continually points fingers at another party for raising too many taxes. lol.

What happened in Ohio last year with the Republicans trying to pass their anti-union laws is a clear-cut case. Voting isn't enough. Finding out what a candidate really stands for and what their party is really concerned about is vital.


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Dale Hyde 4 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

Great and informative hub! My contention is that if you are going to complain about an administration, at least have voted in the election. If you did not vote, you have no business complaining.

Voted up, interesting and useful.


Kathleen Kerswig 4 years ago

I am truly grateful for the privilege I have to vote for our local and national leaders. I will admit I don't always do as much research as I should to be able to make the most informed decision possible. But I never want to take voting for granted. I feel blessed and your hub reminded me of this. Thank you for sharing this special reminder with us. I hope that many will read this and choose to vote this year and every year.


wwolfs 4 years ago

Thank you for sharing information on how we can vote online. That will definitely help many who can not always make it to the polls.

Voted useful!


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California.

Hi Mochelle, I agree that it is a privilage to be able to vote and everyone should votr as their responsibility. But, and I mean a big BUT, especially with todays technology, it is every voters responsibility to research what they are voting for.against before they vote. A person should NOT go put marks on a ballot just so that he/she can say "I voted". Voting just to be voting can be just as bad, or maybe worse, than not voting at all. My opinion, Greg.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you your comment and the sharing. That is the most imortant thing. More people do need to vote. Thank you so much!


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

You are right! So many people do not even pay attention to what is happening, they forget it so fast it is amazing. You are correct about what "finding out what a candidate really stands for and what their party is concerned about is vital" I wish I could give you a thumbs up for that.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

I agree with you, and thank you for your comment.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you for your comment, it was wonderful and I appreciate it very much.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you for your comment, I appreciate it very much.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

I agree with you 100% on that one. Everyone should know WHY they vote for the person who they vote for.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Sorry they put my replies at the bottom intead of right below the person I ws replying to. Everyone made a good comment, and I wanted to thank everyone for what they said. I do not know why my replies are here at the bottom. But, thank you everyone.


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California.

Hi Michele, If I may make a suggestion. Place the name of each person at the beginning of the reply that refers to that person. Just a suggestion. Greg


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan

I am against voting online and I think that every American should oppose all votes except for hard votes that can be recounted. There is too much possibility for voter fraud with online voting. Both parties use fraud, since both parties are full of crooks.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you for you comment. It is a possibility. You have made a very good comment. And both parties are full of crooks. Thank you very much for your comment.


richfsr 4 years ago

michiganman567 is right I'm not sure the internet is secure enough to prevent fraud yet.


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California.

I don't it should be trusted for voting. Greg


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Thank you for pointing out the importance of voting and the privilege it is to do so. 58% is quite a low statistic for the nation and I find that surprising. I think a lot of people believe that one vote doesn't make a difference. However, when you add each one up it puts people in office. I am watching the debates on television and trying to comb through the candidate's profiles. It takes some research but it will make me a more informed voter. Great hub!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

You don't really know how important voting is until it's taken away from you. Great hub. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Lawrence Da-vid 4 years ago

This may be against general "thinking," but! if this country would delete the Electoral College" ensuring each and every vote counted for something, more people would vote and it would count.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Exactly!!! The elctoral college is horrible. It should always be one vote for one person. I agree with you so much. The electoral college should be illegal.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

The Electoral College is not even close to going away, and I have stated my reason for keeping it which is basically the protection it allows should someone create a phoney surprise right before the voting which sways the vote but is only later proven to have been false. There is a reason the Founding Fathers created it, and they didn't even know about all the phoneys politicans have been thinking up lately. You can check out my argument and see what commenters had to say. Did you know that an elector from the District of Columbia cost Al Gore a vote in the Electoral College when, in order to protest what the elector saw as an injustice, he cast a blank vote?


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Perspycacious I had not even thought about that! Thank you so much. To cast a blank vote, or a fake one is horrible.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Perspycacious can you tell me the name of the hub you wrote so I can look it up? You have written a lot of hubs, I want to read this one very much. I was going to look through all of your hubs, but this on is important. If anyone sees this, they might read it also. Is that ok?


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Nathan Orf 4 years ago from Virginia

Thank you for an interesting and informative Hub!

I think the biggest reason that Americans don't vote more often is because of the nature of American politics. So many politicians now hail from the extreme right or the extreme left. Their campaign rhetoric is, predictably, extreme, and it turns moderates away. Since most Americans, whether they are conservative or liberal, are rather moderate in their views, they don't feel that they should vote for an extreme politician.

The problem is made worse because politicians, who know they cannot get moderates to vote, instinctively gravitate towards more extreme voters. As a result, more extreme voters are more likely to vote. President Obama, who is moderate in his views, has gotten into trouble with his own base for not being more confrontational. Other moderates, like Mitt Romney, have been forced to become more extreme to appeal to their own base.

But now I'm rambling. Maybe I'll write a hub about this one day. Anyway, great hub.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Nathan Orf Thank you very much for your comment. It is so true. I am looking forward to your hub. I cannot wait read it.


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Nick Hanlon 4 years ago from Chiang Mai

good stuff....did you know that voting in Australia is compulsory?Maybe discuss that issue in the next hub.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Nick Hanlon I still believe a vote is worth more then money or a super pac. If only people vote. People need to understand the vote is the power, not money. Would you write a hub about that? Right now I am trying to put a website together about prejudice. It is taking a lot of my time. I am also thinking about writing a hub about ObamaCare. Did you know that Sweden has a national health care policy that is very good, but costs a lot less? I wish Obama knew.


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JasonNeo 4 years ago

@Michele-did you know sweden taxes it's people much more than US or perhaps any other country.Did you know it's known as a welfare state as people are willing to pay the heavy taxes?


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

JasonNeo No, sorry I should have done more research.


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JasonNeo 4 years ago

@Michele-no,i only pointed out.This is how discussion works.Everyone of us will have something input to give.God bless you.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Jason thank you :)


Paninanimate 4 years ago

Voting only serves to maintain the status quo. Republicans are generally greedy rich racists or god fearing poor white trash and they have perfected the art of lying. Democrats on the other hand are just plain weak, either unable or unwilling to fight back. I was a staunch supporter of Obama, but almost nothing has actually changed.

I am convinced that the only way to truly achieve change in this country is to just let the right wing run everything for 20 years. By then, assuming we are not all in fema death camps, there would be an epiphony and an end of the Judeo Christian Republican facist corporate military prison industrial mega complex.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Paninanimate So, I guess you are not going to vote, is that true?


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rightfromwrong 4 years ago from NE Pennsylvania

Your all misleading yourselves. Your vote does not even come close to getting what the people want, since they came out with the Electoral Vote. Why don't you just Google that and find out how your vote gets anywhere. Every vote should be on who is running not some other puppet to make that decision


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

rightfromwrong In most presidential elections the person running for president who gets the most votes wins. Only three times in history did the person running for president lose because of the electoral college.

http://presidentelect.org/art_evpvdisagree.html

We should all still vote.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

As I have pointed out, the Electoral College can overrule a bogus "October surprise" which tilts an election to the bogus surpriser. To me that is an important constitutional safeguard against tricksters.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

But, don't we have enough technology today to stop that. Even our government can find a criminal in about 2 days by tracking his or her cell phone. The more our technology grows, the easier it will be to stop that.


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rightfromwrong 4 years ago from NE Pennsylvania

Electronics should never be used for any type of Government other then keeping invintory and maybe some weapon guidence. It should never be depended on for record keeping either because it can be manipulated for any reason against it's people, like mortgages and birth certificates. If the solar flairs are as big as they say they might be, we may be in for a long haul disaster, which the only survivers will be the Government who will go to the underground cities they have been building for years. Some people who have studied this, know what they can do to escape the hell to come, by a little preparing before the end of this year. We need at least two weeks underground to be somewhat safe, as the Government has taken your tax money and made sure they are safe, and will emerge as victors over the people because we will have been almost wiped out from the food shortages and fires.


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rightfromwrong 4 years ago from NE Pennsylvania

People who would go to my blogs would learn the truth about so-called conspiracy theories and the actual plan going on behind your back. I do the research, and keep researching until I am positive 100% about what I write about. I am 57 and married and not rich, I am not directly involved in politics or plan to be in the future. I am a American citizen who cares deeply about life and that everyone who is a living human being should have rights that are indestructible from birth till after death. I do not have any strict religious ties, but have beliefs that are only between me and my God. So all I write about is the truth gathered from the truth, and not my opinion. I only believe that each person is separate from another and should not be ruled by another man, or woman. Each person has the ability to work together as Humans and not as someone who has a reason behind their methods. Start reading my blogs and find out the truth and the proof I show why my writings are the truth and not some Inquirer story about the President shaking hands with an alien. "rightfromwrong" is my sign in name, remember it and start your own enlightenment.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

rightfromwrong Your hubs seem to be very interesting. more people should read them. I also don't think the government should be keeping all of our information. They can find everyone at anytime.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

rightfromwrong Ok, I will check out your blogs.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Well I signed up and sent you an invite so I can read your blogs. Talk to you later!


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rightfromwrong 4 years ago from NE Pennsylvania

Thank you all, for being open minded, I do not intend on having people follow me for fame, but for truth. I will never tell half truths for any gain, and will keep looking for ways for all Americans to be able to say "I'm mad as Hell, and I'm not gonna take it anymore" and be able to know how we can discharge our government when that government is no acting for the benefit of it's people. For now though we can start small and go to our state congressmen and tell them what we want them to do. Tell them if they don't listen to our demands, we will fire every last one of them if necessary. We should demand that Congress take over the President and pull his ass off the golf course, and step down. Second we should demand that in no way shape or form are special interests to give any money to any politician for elections. And third we have to demand that all large banks get out of our country, and close down the Federal Reserve, after demanding all our Gold they have stolen from this country be returned, or we will start hunting them down and executing them for treasonous acts against the People of the United States. And Fourth, to print our own money once again and shut the doors to outside foreign interests. We don't want their China made garbage, exchanged for our money ever again, and if the big corporations that moved out can just stay the hell out of our country, never to return.

And fifth, all our mortgages that were in the hands of the big corporate whore-mongers be voided for fraud against the People of the USA. Any Banking Cartel that has any ties to Europe must be out of the country within 60 days. Put a run on all the Banks who are Federally funded and shut them down while cancelling Federal bailouts. Put your money in local banks and credit unions where it belongs, and stop investing in big corporations who are looking to crash the monetary system for your failures, and their profits on the backs of Americans.


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Ken Burgess 4 years ago from Florida

I think there have been elections, where the difference between what direction one candidate would lead the country over the other has been minor when compared to this election.

This year, social issues aside, is about the Free Market economy vs a Social Government economy... its about enormous amounts of Entitlements and Social programs (and all the taxes that will go with them) versus a draw back on the growing entitlements.

Its about the downsizing of America internationally (and thereby allowing others like China to move into that vacuum and become an even more powerful force globally) versus stopping our withdrawal and getting back to competing on the global scene...

The issues this election are enourmous... they will havea major impact on our economy and opportunities for years to come...


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Ken Burgess Thank you for your comment. I agree with you, that is a major reason people need to vote, well or should since we have the right to do so.


Sanxuary 3 years ago

Reasons for not voting: Two parties of self interest that receive over 75 percent of their contributions from corporations and represent them and not the people. Both candidates are hand picked and character is seldom their defining quality. An electorate that stands bias to any facts and has no desire for the truth. If Hitler ran for election after the war, people would still vote party lines regardless of who they were and the media would remain just as bias and untruthful. This entire web site has dedicated idiots who care nothing about facts and writes complete bias and lies. This illustrates the argument that no truth can be attained even amongst normal people. You our just voting for celebrity's in effect and believing that they somehow have something in common with you. Climbing on their band wagon as if they Represent you and believing that they represent any of your concerns is a lost cause. Vote third party and power to the people and maybe you might even get a fair wage. Democracy only works when you our one and we are not even a Republic any more. We are bought and sold with the money none of us have.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

You can look up online what the politician has done. Money is more powerful then a vote. This year proved it. Mitt Romney put much more money into his run then Obama and Obama still won. I am sorry you do not believe in voting. The truth can be obtained, but only by those who try. Only by those who really try. I look up what the politician has or has not done, then I vote.

We are not a lost cause.

At least not yet.


Sanxuary 3 years ago

No I agree that voting the lesser of two evils and Obama has probably done all he can. If anything he is more like Houdini chained and put in a trunk. Look at the war to even vote and most puzzling why did anyone vote for Romney? I look at the facts and this guy had no substance, facts or plans. He was a patsy for someone else and it showed. How can anyone vote party line and ignore the record and a man who marginalized half of America? If we voted using our brain we would be a Democracy and both of these failed parties would not exist.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Many people did use their brains. Do you think "the people" are idiots? They are not. More and more people are waking up. It might take some time, but more people are becoming aware of what is going on and what they can do about it.


Sanxuary 3 years ago

Really, what can we do about it? I have been alive long enough to know and see what was coming down the road and no Politician cared or did a thing about it. Every Presidential debate since I was born had the same questions and problems that have never been solved. In fact my pay has not changed a whole lot only the price to live. We are all rats living in a cage designed and controlled until we are dead. There is no tickets to punch and imaginary program for success, we just teach that garbage to our kids. Most of them will waste there lives punching them and going no where until their lives end.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

That must be what most people think. If only people would wake up, in other countries people die in order to vote. They have learned a lesson we have forgotten. That is sad. One day we will wake up and be sorry to have lost that right also.


Sanxuary 3 years ago

There is an answer. Become a Democracy leave Rome and the Republic behind. Challenge this two party system and elect real people who our not owned by money. Remove the fact that over 75 percent of all money to be elected is Corporate and Special Interest. Bring back the draft make people serve their country and responsible for there children murdered to further the goals of criminals who profit from there death.


sundas 3 years ago

we should use voting rights

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