Clearly illustrated by the simple definition of democracy, voting is a privilege, right and duty of each and every component of our democratic system. It is the responsibility of eligible citizens of a society to cast their vote at election time. However, in recent times, many avoid the process for mixed reasons. Since in the 1960s, the United States has reportedly only seen a voter turnout exceeding 55 percent on seven occasions.
Why people refrain from voting is not a secret puzzle these days. Many assume, their individual vote doesn't matter in the large scheme with the electoral college. Some also think that none of the presented candidates deserve to be in power, and thus don't bother to vote.
Many have a theory that the deciding majority is never the one vote that they are not going to cast, and the voting that does actually take place should be enough to decide a majority. If we consider a 55 percent voter turnout that means 45 percent of votes are not going to make any difference at all. How can a decision made by only about half of the population represent what the community desires?
Therefore, never believe that your vote doesn’t count. Granted, alone it may not be a deciding factor, but if a large majority of individuals thinking on similar lines decide to cast their votes, that certainly can make a difference.
On Nov. 6, we urge each and every registered individual to get to the polls and vote. It’s important for your country, your county, city and your community. If we don't take part in the process of choosing the right representatives for our communities, we truly forfeit the right to complain about the representative that others have chosen without our participation.