DON’T BOO VOTE!
“We are the freest nation in this world and have the lowest voter turnout; read up on your history voting matters; DON’T BOO-VOTE”. These are statements from our very own president Barack Obama. Throughout his presidency he has consistently stressed the issue of voting and why it is pertinent we the people vote in all of our elections. In 2013, the Supreme Court removed section IV of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which allows states to change their voting laws without advance federal approval. In subsequent election cycles (2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014) many southern states have changed their voting laws to make it difficult to vote. The 1965 voting rights act is a symbol of the dedication and hard work from community leaders and civil rights activists. It is a symbol of how people fought to participate in a process to have a say in how their lives will be governed, how their tax dollars will be spent and how laws will affect their lives.
“We are the freest nation in this world and have the lowest voter turnout; read up on your history voting matters; DON’T BOO-VOTE”. President Barack Obama.
As some of you may recall, when president Obama won in 2008, many states created stringent voter registration laws, making it difficult for minorities to register and vote. With the gutting of section IV of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, many states have taken advantage of this by reducing early voting and closing down many polling locations. Most recently, in North Carolina, the supreme court decided it will not allow the state to use their strict voting rights law. The bill “selectively chose voter-ID requirements, reduced the number of early-voting days and changed registration procedures in ways meant to harm blacks, who overwhelmingly vote for the Democratic Party”. How is it possible this nation-the “greatest country” is continuing to create laws to prevent their own citizens from voting?
“If we want mayors, judges, city councilmen and women then go vote in your local elections” President Obama.
“If we want mayors, judges, city councilmen and women then go vote in your local elections” President Obama. The current example of North Carolina and the strict voting law the state legislature attempted to use in this election is a reason why we all need to not boo and vote. This nation is constantly fighting the same battles because we don’t vote and participate at the levels we need to. “When analyzing statistics on other developed democracies and their level of voter turnout, the “greatest nation” is way behind in voter turnout. According to Pew research “By that measure, the U.S. lags most of its peers, landing 31st among the 35 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, most of whose members are highly developed, democratic states”.
Too often, people always complain and whine about how upset they are about the issues, yet, they do not vote. Voting is essential to getting the changes we seek in this nation, it is essential because our votes do matter. Yes, politics is unfair and boring, however, we cannot sit out and not vote and whine about the same issues.