Voter turnout in the United States is lower than many other developed countries.
North End voter turnout in 2016 was nearly 30% lower than voter turnout in the state of Ohio overall. But why?
Only 44.24 percent of registered voters in the North End voted in the 2016 election. Therefore 55.76 percent of registered voters stayed home. That means a majority of registered North End residents did not exercise their Democratic right to vote.
Some people believe that their vote won’t make a difference and that feeling keeps them at home on the day of the election. Staying home on election day is a sure way not to make a difference.
Contrary to popular belief, your vote counts and there are plenty of reasons to head to polls for the general election including,
Making a More Representative Democracy
While the candidate you vote for might not win or a levy you support might not pass, each vote shows your preferences. Your vote provides a more accurate understanding of public opinions, which in turn helps future candidates develop campaigns to better support you.
Voting for the Future
People under the age of 18 are unable to vote. When you head to the polls, your vote will influence the lives of those who cannot vote and many generations to come.
Respecting our History
Democracy in the United States started as a grand experiment. Countries around the world watched as the new nation grew. Whether it was the Suffragettes in the early 1900s, the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s or members of the Armed Forces, countless individuals have fought for your right to vote regardless of race, gender, or creed.
Each Vote Matters
Especially in local elections. When two candidates are competing for the Mayoral office, every resident in Mansfield that votes matters. There is no Electoral College that makes the vote for you.
These four reasons cannot begin to represent the power of the vote, but they’re a good start. So remember to register and go make your voice heard during the General Election in November.
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