I'm so pleased with my daughter Shelby. She has won first prize in an essay contest about "Why You Should Vote". She was asked this past week to read her essay aloud to an organization and she did well with that also. Here is her essay, in case you'd like to read it:
The Importance of Voting
By Shelby Robertson
Why is voting important? Many people have asked this very question. Most people think that their vote doesn’t count, that it is a waste of time, but the only way democracy works is if everybody votes and puts their opinion into action. Voting is a right and privilege. It is also your responsibility as a citizen of the
Your opinion can only be heard if you vote. Voting is letting your personal voice be heard as one, and collectively as a whole with the millions of other people in the
Voting is truly a privilege that none should take lightly. Before the 1900s, only white men who were landowners were given the right to vote; but in 1920 white women were given the right through the 19th amendment. In 1870 through the 15th amendment, African Americans were “given” the right. Here in the
Hilary Clinton once said, “Voting is the most precious right of every citizen and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process.” Voting is not merely making a mark on a ballot to pick a candidate or put a law into action, but is making and educated and informed decision that changes the course of history. This is why voting is a responsibility that comes with age. We have elected our first African American president because “We the people” took the responsibility to pick the person that fit our vision of the future.
So why is voting important? Many elections have been won by a mere margin that have saved a country or was its demise. In 1800, ONE VOTE in the Electoral College gave Thomas Jefferson the Presidency over Aaron Burr. In 1923, ONE VOTE gave Adolph Hitler leadership of the Nazi party. Voting is important. Everybody in the