Voting is a privilege. If you remember your history lessons at all, you’ll know the right to vote was a big deal. At one time, only white males holding property were allowed to vote. Over the years, this has changed, thanks to pressure from our citizens. To name a few:
- Fifteenth Amendment – racial minorities
- Nineteenth Amendment – women
- Twenty-Sixth Amendment – adults 18-21
So many people throughout the world, throughout history, have been DENIED the opportunity to have their voice heard. You may think that your vote doesn’t count, or your vote doesn’t make a difference. But it does. You have the right to vote, to be a part of selecting the officials to preside over you.
I have a friend who has always said something to the effect of: “Don’t complain about the way the country is being run if you don’t bother to vote.” And it’s true. If you care about what’s being done right or wrong by our government, you should care enough to go to the polls and vote.
To that I asked some bloggers: “Why do you vote? Why you take the time out of your busy lives as parents to go to the polls and vote?” Here is what they said:
“Women before me suffered to pave the way for my right to vote. Imagine if we left those kinds of decisions entirely up to men!”
– Menucha at Moms and Crafters
“I vote because I want my opinion to count. I also believe that it is my civic duty and want to show my children how important it is to live in a democratic society.”
– Amanda Boyarshinov at The Educators’ Spin On It
“I think that it’s an incredible privilege to live in a democratic country like Canada. I took my son with me when the last federal election was held and talked to him about how important it is to vote for who we think will represent us best. Although sometimes the results can be disheartening, it’s our duty to keep trying to make a positive change and we have no right to complain about our governments if we’re not participating at the most basic level.”
– Sue at One Time Through
“I love my country. I love the land of the free and the home of the brave. I believe in the tradition and honor of having the vote. We are blessed to live in a democratic society. Women before me could not vote. I can and I will.”
– Amy at Wildflower Ramblings
“I was born and raised in the former Soviet Union, when voting was a meaningless circus, I appreciate the idea that my vote actually counts, especially while voting on local issues.”
– Natalie at Planet Smarty Pants
And I found two other quotes on the web to share with you:
People didn’t simply die for the right to vote. They died for the right to choose who they thought would be best to support their views, aims and interests, both locally and nationally. – Emily Wilson
Voting is a tremendous gift. Young people just like you in other countries actually fight and even die for this right; a right that so many youth in democratic nations take for granted. You should vote because you can, if you don’t you may one day wake up in a country where you can’t.” – Mike Hardcastle, Top 5 Reasons Youth Should Vote
So please, do your civic duty and go to the polls today. Take your kids with you, teach them about the importance of being able to vote, and how you take that responsibility seriously. Let’s raise up a generation of conscientious voters!