The Importance of Voting in the Upcoming Election
Published: Monday, September 10, 2012
Updated: Monday, September 10, 2012 11:09
You’ve heard the suggestion over and over again, whether it be in your government class or on the television: get out and vote. And while it may very well become tedious to hear these words over and over again, especially during election season where politics seems to dominate every discussion, advertisement and news broadcast, the importance of voting cannot be disregarded because of apathy toward politicians and their gimmicks. Not voting might feel like a way of rebelling against the political circus that has become our government. However, for the citizens of this country and Smithies in particular, voting is vital. And here’s why:
At Smith College, most people are aware of the significance of having their voices heard. In classrooms, students eagerly participate in discussions in order to let others know their opinions on a particular topic. If we do not vote, we are missing a vital opportunity to have our opinions heard. People often disregard the importance of voting by saying that one vote does not make a difference. But the simple truth is that while one vote may not change the outcome of an election, all voters make a collective impact.
Voting is the most significant way in which a person can show their support for a particular candidate, as it provides credibility to the opinions and beliefs we hold on to so adamantly. One might argue that, if you do not vote, then you lose the right to complain about the way politicians run our country because you did nothing to try to change it. I am not sure I agree with this, but what I do know is this: by not voting, the importance of your political opinion deteriorates while the opinions of those who voted hold more weight and overall influence because they were materialized.
It should not go unmentioned that women rightfully feel it is even more important for their voices to be heard. They had to fight for the right to vote, which was granted to them less than 100 years ago. The women who fought for women’s suffrage understood how important voting was. We would be disappointing them greatly if we disregarded their struggle and chose not to vote.
Undoubtedly, Smith College has always been at the forefront of women’s rights. Smithies should uphold the tradition of promoting the rights of women by voting for candidates who believe that people deserve equal rights and opportunities.
Smithies are never ones to hold back when it comes to expressing their opinions. Take this election season as an opportunity to express your opinion in the most powerful way and vote.