Does Voting Matter?

Jocelyn Guillermo

Every year, Elections are on November 3 and although many Americans are registered to vote every year, many decide not to. 


A majority of people in other autocratic countries such as Saudi Arabia are not fortunate enough to vote for their leaders and rely on only one person to decide the laws for their country. As Americans, have the right to vote for leaders, government officials, and laws; but does one citizen not voting really affect the outcome?


In a survey asking seniors about their voting registration status, data shows that nearly half of survey participants are not registered to vote. Most of the excuses were not finding time, not being informed, or not wanting to be involved in politics.

Steven Covelman, U.S History Teacher, expresses his encouragement in voting as an American. 


 “It almost seems to be American nature not to do it [vote] for some reason, but I think everyone should do it. People have fought for this forever. This is important. It doesn’t cost you anything,” Covelman said. 


The presidential election system was built by the founding fathers. They invented the Electoral College System because they believed they couldn’t rely on the population or Congress to make the correct decision for the President of the United States. The Electoral College is composed of electors from each state who are voted by the population. Each state gets a certain number of electors based upon population and the fixed number of senators per state. There are a total of 538 electors from all 50 states. Every elector casts a vote for the general election and for a presidential candidate to win they need over 270 electoral votes. 


In the 2000 presidential elections, Al Gore lost the Electoral College vote to George W. Bush. Although the election came down to a recount in Florida where Bush won the popular vote by a small percentage, it triggered a recounted as well as a Supreme Court case. Bush won the election by 0.009% of Florida’s state vote, but the outcome of the presidency would have been different if 600 more of Al Gore’s supporters would have voted . 


While the presidency and other national elections are important, there are larger groups who vote compared to local elections. Your vote matters in every election ,but local elections will take direct effect in your community.


“My vote matters in every election, whether it be a local, state, or national elections,” said Teyah Robinson, former president of Youth & Government. “I feel like it’s a part of our civic duty to be involved in every way possible, whether that be protesting outside of that outside of buildings to voting for the people that are inside those buildings, so I don’t have to protest.”


Some may believe that their vote might not take direct effect on the outcome of national elections but i reality their vote joins other votes that can affect the country. Voting gives people a chance to change our country and gives people a chance to voice their beliefs.