How to Vote
Voting is an easy process. As long as you are registered, you will be able to vote on Election Day.
Your vote is your voice as a citizen of whatever country you are a citizen of. It’s your opportunity to be heard, to hold elected officials accountable for their decisions and to have a say in important issues that affect your community. On Election Day, every vote matters.
Today we’ll learn why it’s important to vote and read about your rights as a voter. You should also read about the political parties competing for your vote and what they stand for so you can make a better decision when you vote.
Why Should I Vote?
Maybe you’re asking yourself, “With all the people who vote every election, does my vote really count?” Or perhaps you feel like you can’t really make a difference, so why bother? The truth is that your vote does count and you do make a difference every time you vote!
Your vote holds leaders responsible for the decisions they make. Your vote sends a message about the issues you think are important. Your vote affirms our rights as free citizens to elect our government and take part in democracy. Without voting, there could be no democracy.
Maybe you know other people who choose not to vote because they feel like what goes on in the government doesn’t affect them. The truth is, it does…in many ways. Elected officials make all sorts of decisions that can directly affect your life. The Government you elect will decide whether to raise or lower taxes, make economic policies that could affect your job and decide when or if to use military force. There are also local elections, which can have an even more immediate and personal effect on you, your lifestyle and your community.
Vote because you care about your community. Vote because you believe in free government and want to add your voice. Vote because it will make you feel good to participate and have a say. Vote because it’s the right thing to do!
Young People and Voting
As more young people register to vote and head out to the polls, the more you will see your elected officials taking an active interest in what’s important to young voters. This is already happening and you can make a difference by casting your vote and encouraging your friends to do the same.
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