Vote and Be Heard
The Presidential Election of 2016 is one of, if not the most heated elections in the history of the United States of America. The tension rises everyday as the race continues. The votes of the American people matter now more than they did in any other election. Unfortunately, not all Americans who have the right to vote actually will go out to the polls to do so. Exercising a persons' right to vote and having their voice heard plays a crucial role in the 2016 Presidential Election.
In the documentary Hamilton’s America by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Hamilton, he said,
“If you can vote there is nothing more important than to vote. Lots of people lived and died so you can do that.”
Miranda talks of this right that we take for granted with the cold hard truth. We have fought for this right to vote so it is just that we should exercise that right! According to statisticbrain.com, in 2012 there were 218,959,000 Americans eligible to vote but only 146,311,000 Americans were registered to vote. Of those registered to vote 126,144,000 Americans actually voted! That’s a whopping 72,648,000 Americans who had the right to vote but did not act upon it. As American citizens, we are given the right to elect the people we want to run our country. Nearly 73 million people did not vote in the 2012 election. Voting in the upcoming 2016 election is important and essential if we want to continue giving the American people a voice.
Voting in the upcoming election is necessary in regards that the American citizens’ voices must be heard! According to census.gov 28,400 Americans did not vote in the 2012 election because they were not interested in it, they did not like any of the candidates or their campaign issues. Of those 28,400, many said they did not vote because they thought their vote did not matter or make a big impact. Though a single vote may not change a tremendous amount but over time, those single votes add up. Collectively, they can change the big picture. Jonathan Groff, in the documentary Hamilton’s America, said,
“hearing your voice is the most important thing [about voting]”.
Groff’s statement gives life to the importance of having every American citizens’ voice heard. It’s the voices of the American people that uphold the ideas set forth for us in the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson. The idea of “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” is kept by the American people.
As November 8th, 2016 draws near, it is vital that we think about the future we want for our country. Voting in elections help guarantee that our voices are heard and that people who gave their lives for our rights fought for something that mattered. As we watch the debates and news we watch history develop before us, we have a chance now to form history and that chance is within our reach.