A Vote For The People Essay

1933 Words Jul 4th, 2016 8 Pages
A Vote for the People, by the People
My great grandmother celebrated her 100th birthday in February. “What a milestone,” I thought, “100 years!” While that is an incredible feat all of its own, as the 2016 presidential election inches closer by the day, I find it even more interesting that in her lifetime, women were not even allowed to vote. It seems the times have changed. Yet, the only certainty most Americans have in this year’s election is that the electorate has become very apathetic and it is unlikely that most voters will even show up when voting day comes. When did the people of the United States lose sight of how vigilantly our ancestors fought for our right to vote? Many activists experienced incarceration, severe backlash, or even death in efforts to solidify women’s suffrage and racial voting rights.
Today, Americans are so busy that we often take things like our right to vote for granted. The representation in American politics and the health of our democracy directly suffer the most, but voter apathy affects every person governed in the United States. In 2015, President Barack Obama proposed an idea to his constituents in a speech given in Cleveland, “In Australia, and some other countries, there’s mandatory voting. It would be transformative if everybody voted,” he expressed (“Remarks by the President”). Prior to this speech many Americans hadn’t thought about how different – how much better – democracy could be by enacting a compulsory voting system. On…

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