America is a country like no other. We are second to none when it comes to civil
liberties, economic fortitude, and political aptitude. Over the course of time, America has
grown into a reigning superpower, but the America, as we know it today, would not be
recognizable if not for its sovereigns, the people of the country. As citizens, it is our civic
duty to participate and elect officials; to do this, being informed of who we are represented
by and their political platform would be deemed necessary.
Voting is a critical and highly influential form of political participation in a
democratic republic, because this form allows us as citizens and sovereigns to engage in the
law the land. By this power, they are allowed to exercise their right to select and support
candidates and incumbents, or in some unfortunate cases, the lesser of the two evils.
Political participation refers to a wide range of activities including lobbying, public
relations, litigation, protest, and voting, but the latter is by far, the most important. By
satisfying your civic duty by shaping the community in what ways you think are best simply
with the entry of a ballot, your voice is being heard through proper representation. For
citizens, voting should be deemed as a right as much as a responsibility.
countries prohibit or unfairly conduct the act of voting, it is our privilege to vote. One has
the power to change what they dislike about government, so why would he or she pass up an
advantageous opportunity to do just that?
It amazes me how many Americans take for granted this right bestowed upon them
and do not execute their civic responsibility. The U.S. has one of the lowest voter turnout
rates of all the Western democracies. During both the 1996 and 2000 Presidential elections,
only approximately half of qualified voters casted their ballots. The first explanation for
participation is socioeconomic status. That is to say individuals with higher levels of
education and income are more likely to participate when compared to those with lower
levels of education and income. Another factor for voter turnout is race. Caucasians
generally vote at a higher percentage than their minority counterparts. It should be noted that
when income and education are the same for all races, the marginal percentages disappear.
Traditionally, men voted more than women, but that trend has reversed over the past twenty