To vote or not to vote?

Zoha Qureshi, Mercy School Institute Published: May 1, 2010
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Living in America people are given a chance to make difference in the country, yet voting has decreased 20 percent during the past decade, according to the U.S. Census.

America reached it voting peak in the 2008 presidential election when 65 percent of eligible voters cast their ballot, according to a Gallup poll. Even though young voters are less likely to go to the polls than older people, youth voting spiked in the presidential election.

“The younger generation is starting to grasp that they need to learn about issues and need to be active in the political world,” said Sarah Albahadily, a political activist and government teacher at Mercy School Institute. “It just took a younger candidate — Obama — to realize it.”

Young voters don’t trust easily, said research Elizabeth S. Smith in her article “The Making of Citizens: Social Capital and the Political Socialization of Youth.” Many find no other way to state their opposition then simply not voting.

Jennifer Lang, a college student from The Colony, Texas, said she doesn’t vote. She said few politicians are worth voting for.

“Our political heroes are shallow images of their forefathers who either can't spell integrity and honor, or don't practice them,” she said. “You challenge us to become more politically involved, to propose changes in the electoral process that will persuade us to flex our political clout. I challenge you to give us intelligent reasons why we would want to.”