Point of View
Voting Epidemic
By Trevor Roberts
Jun 20, 2013 - 5:41:00 PM

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President Barack Obama
UNITED STATES—The 2012 Presidential Election was a fight to the finish.  There was so much mud-slinging and dirty tricks played between both parties, but the one issue that has continued to raise eyebrows months after the election is the issue of voter identification.  There were some politicians and several states that attempted to heed voters from reaching the polls by requiring voter identification to cast a ballot.  This is just a travesty. 

 

Digging further into America’s history we are well aware that African-Americans, in addition to other minorities, and women were prevented to vote for years.  Why are so many people afraid of allowing those who have the right to vote, from being able to do so?

 

We are a democracy or so we’d like to promote our country to be a democracy, yet we want to keep things at bay.  In a democracy, the voice of the people is heard.  Through voting we’re allowed to make decisions on what politicians will represent our city, what proposals or issues we are in favor for and those that we are against.

 

People are afraid of people voting because they understand that the outcome may not be what they hoped for.  When politicians or the government attempts to halt people from voting it doesn’t deter them, if anything it gets them riled up even more. It’s a right that some people take very seriously considering so many before them never had the right to do so, or more important, they died attempting to gain that right. The age to vote currently sits at 18, but I think that’s an issue. 

 

I personally believe the voting age should be lowered to 16.  There are many teenagers more educated and mature than we give credit for. The idea that the voting age has sat at 18 for decades alarms me because we’re preventing a generation and a demographic an opportunity to voice their concern and their thoughts about particular issues and candidates. If we want the younger generation to be educated about the political process why not insists lowering the voter age requirement by a year or two?

 

So does it vilify a person who attempts to block someone’s voting right? Without a doubt! The only reason someone attempts to stop someone from doing something in the political arena is the fallout of the outcome; the results they may be hoping for fails.  In politics, when things do not go the way a politician or party hopes for, decisive techniques are implemented to thwart that outcome.  The United States is a democracy where the voice of the people rules, its time for America to begin acting like it.



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