This is a guest post written by former LWVNJ intern, Christine Kaufman.
Why I Vote.
Voting is an untouchable privilege to millions of people around the world. Just this year Egyptians finally got to vote in a presidential election that did not already have a clear cut winner. 70 year old Nadia Fahmy lined up with fellow Egyptian citizens, some who waited four hours, so she could vote for the first time in her life. Although some debate the fairness of our elections in the U.S., we are quite blessed to have the right to vote. Americans spend so much time dwelling on what we do not have and forget to utilize the rights we were born with.
This is the first year I will be old enough to vote in a presidential election. Unfortunately, I was born a few months late and was only 17 during the 2008 election. In 2010, only 55.6% of eligible NJ citizens were registered to vote. Could it be that almost half of our population does not see the importance in voting? Some of my friends would see that number and agree, everyone only has one vote and that one vote will not make much of a difference. But what if everyone took their vote seriously? If all of those non-believers came together and voted, they could easily change the outcome of any election.
I vote because I believe you cannot just sit back and complain about the government if you do not attempt to influence it. I vote because this is the first year my younger brother is old enough to vote and I want to set a good example. I vote because my father spends hours upon hours educating himself on current events since he takes his vote seriously. I vote because my mother votes and because her mother had to earn the right to vote. So let us all start taking our votes seriously. Visit our website for more information on voting and how you can register to vote.