The election period is just around the corner. Several politics-related news and snippets are circulating in news channels, periodicals, and on the World Wide Web. Colors of specific parties are seen everywhere, may it be on the streets, television or in social media platforms. Considering all these things that are occurring nowadays, do we know how powerful is our votes?
For the Democratic Party, their presumptive nominee for the presidential elections is what we can consider as a veteran politician and the first lady of the 42nd President of the United States, Hillary Clinton. On the other hand, her opponent is Donald Trump, a known business mogul and TV personality, who is the presumptive nominee for the presidential elections of the Republican Party.
Transparency is extremely important, therefore, we should be 100% clear as to what we do and how we do it. Both of these most popular nominees have aired their views and platforms all around the country. Of course, we all know that there is a possibility that they can do those things, but let us not be blinded and believe that they can really do everything that they say. After all, promises are meant to be broken. We probably have watched or heard their stands in different social and relevant matters for the country. Considering the things that they have said, may it be in a politician’s poise or rashly enunciated views, we are probably leaning towards a specific candidate because of our own beliefs and whom we think will be able to improve the United States of America.
Now that the elections is just around the corner, do we truly know how powerful is our votes? The Right of Suffrage, or most commonly known as the right to vote, is practiced all over the world in terms of politics or may it be in simple business corporations. To understand fully our right to vote, we have to know who are eligible to exercise this right. Previously, the American Constitution did not clearly define who can or cannot vote. They allowed each state to determine who can or cannot vote, instead. There are five amendments that limit the basis on which the right of suffrage or the right to vote may be restricted or denied. These five amendments include the 15th Amendment of 1870, 19th Amendment of 1920, 23rd Amendment of 1961, 24th Amendment of 1964, and the 26th Amendment of 1961. To summarize these amendments, regardless of our race, color, gender and occupation, we have the right to vote as long as we hit the age of maturity, which is 18 years old.
The ability to have a say on who will govern or lead a specific city or town or a whole country may be insignificant for others. After all, each of our votes only corresponds to one entry or vote versus the millions of other voters who may have other bets or views on who shall lead the country. Despite this quite common belief, it is important for us to know that our right to vote is a huge responsibility that is put on our shoulders. We may think that our vote is as unimportant as a single ant of a colony. However, we have to grasp the importance of a single ant in a colony. We must be cognizant of the things that we can contribute to our society, just like a single ant found among thousands of others. If we sum up all our votes together, it can create the power to let one person hold the highest rank in a country.
We have to realize that we are not only voting for who is the most popular candidate online or who is the most talked about person in our place. We have to know that the president and other officials whom we are going to vote for will lead our country and there are two possible outcomes: they could lead us to prosperity and peace or in worst case scenario, they could lead us to our discord and demise. The ability to discern the potentiality of our votes is an essential thing that we must all realize. Our right to vote for the person who will lead our country is a huge responsibility, so we must exercise it by taking into account all important factors.
Voting for the next United States of American President is voting for the next one of the world’s most powerful people that will serve the country for 4 years, or it could be extended if he or she is re-elected. It is in our hands who will be one of the world’s most powerful people; hence, we have to know how powerful our votes is as Americans. Having the right to vote is a kind of power that some do not take seriously. We have to realize the weight of the responsibility that is given to us as voters.
It is also our responsibility to inform or teach our fellow citizens the importance of choosing the best candidate who will lead our country. Their popularity is a big factor that most voters consider. Nevertheless, the most important factor that we must consider is how these certain candidates can contribute to the growth and development of a country. Choosing the best one for the position is like choosing the author of our history and future.