Should the voting age be lowered? I think that minors should have the opportunity to vote. According to childstats.gov, more than 20 percent of the US's population is made up of people aged 0-17. Those of us under 18 are not incapable of voting. We have brains, and we can make decisions for ourselves. We can watch presidential debates, and learn about politics. We know right from wrong, and the youth population is very important to the whole population of America. We, one day, will be the adults of the future.
As a person who just reached voting age, I started to think more about who votes, what causes people to vote, and for those who don’t vote, why don’t they? I found out that one thing that can effect voting behavior are the Voter ID Laws. There are currently thirty-three states that have these laws, which require some form of identification in order to vote or receive a ballot for an election. These laws spiked a debate of pros and cons about whether Voter ID Laws are necessary or not.
There are many people in jails right now. 237,000 people in county prisons and 95,000 people in federal jail. Felons have done deeds that exceed daily actions and involved violence. Even though you are a convicted felon, you don’t lose your citizenship and citizens in the USA are allowed to vote so why aren’t they? The amount of felons that exist in this country, the hundreds of thousands of people, at this moment could change the outcome of the leader of our home and several states are stopping them from voting. That is just unjust.
In my previous post, I discussed the current political issue of voter ID laws. States passed numerous different voting restrictions, one of which required voters to show identification upon voting. It was believed that these laws, passed just before the midterm elections was just a way to get Republicans into office. It was believed that the new voting restrictions were ways to suppress Democratic votes. This may be true. Far less people were able to vote because of the voter ID laws. However, the only way to confirm the Democratic suspicions is to view the results of the midterm elections.
Last time, I looked at the enactment of the voter ID laws in Republican states throughout the country. However, the debate back then was only in regards to their morality and what they could potentially do. Now, the elections have come back. The House and Senate are now under Republican control. Did the voter registration laws swing the election? The results are unclear.
Colorado state has a unique system of voting. The residents participate in an all-mail-in ballot process, which makes it easy for fraud to occur. It appears that the democratic staffers and supporters are quite comfortable with voter fraud in order to get more democrats elected. Colorado state Senator Mark Udall fought to hold his position in the senate in the upper house during the 2014 elections. Evidence of voter fraud encouragement in the democratic party in order to maximize Udall's votes was recently released.
Voter ID Laws have become a big controversy lately, especially with the upcoming elections. The controversy is that enforcing voter ID laws may potentially hinder the ability of Democrats to vote and in turn helping Republicans. Crashing Democrats’ myths about Voter ID Laws references the fact that Democrats are upset about the laws because the amount of voter fraud that exists is very limited and highly unlikely, in fact practically impossible, to sway any elections.
The Supreme Court recently reviewed the Texas State law requiring voters to present valid id or a registration certificate in order to be able to vote. This is the latest in many laws that have upped the requirements to vote in states across the nation. Voting is the basis of the American government. Accordingly, it is of the utmost importance that all Americans be able to participate in the democratic process. Voting is a basic right and it is important that all can vote and fraud kept to a minimum. The problem is that fraud is easier when more people can vote with less requirements.
In J. Christian Adams' opinion piece, "Virginia Democrats get a new demographic, the felon vote," from Washington Times, Adams' opinion is that felons should not receive the vote, even if they are released. Adams uses pathos when talking about the criminals, saying they should not get the vote because, "Prohibiting felons from voting is also a moral imperative. Those who have shown contempt for criminal laws should have no voice in the process of writing them." This basically says that if someone breaks a law should not get to vote on them.
There are a lot of issues that could be discussed, but in my opinion the two issues that I would like to focus the most on are our social issues, and our economy.
-Economy: Our economy has crashed causing us to lose thousands of jobs, and leaving millions of people unemployed. Obama and Romney both see two different ways to fix this issue, one involving the government and one involving personal businesses.
Recently, I took a survey asking me about what my ideal candidate would do concerning the most debated political topics. These topics included abortion, marijuana legalization, deficit spending, taxes, and other important issues that our country faces.
My question is, does our vote really matter?
Although I missed the voting deadline by a few months due to age and cannot vote, would it matter if I could? I know plenty of kids around the 18 year old range who are eager to vote for their candidate, but I wonder if all the anticipation and worry will be worth it.
When I took the surveys on selectsmart.com and votesmart.org about which presidential candidate best fits my opinions/wants, I wasn't surprised to learn that President Obama was my best match. Since the 2008 election, I've become more and more impressed with his outlooks on many issues, especially on women's rights. President Obama believes in equality for everyone. This includes all races, religions, and sexes. I admire him for this. Having equality among everyone is the only way we can be at peace with each other.
Facebook has always been a temptation that has enticed many teens. I, however, remained unchanged by the want to make a Facebook. For the longest time, I used my desire to save time as a good reason why I did not want to make one. However, this summer, I ran out of things to fill up my time. So, because of this increased time resource, I finally took initiative and created a Facebook. I always heard that after one begins to use Facebook, he or she is officially chained to the computer by the Facebook site.
I just finished reading the article "Obama Sets Gas Prices? Just Another G.O.P. Myth." After reading the article, one quote that stood out to me was "If only the president had the power to give us $2.50-a-gallon gasoline, as Newt Gingrich promised to do if he got to the White House. It is ridiculous to think that a president can." I found this quote to be important because I wonder how realistic the idea of a gallon of gas being $2.50 in the United States is. Throughout the years since 2000, the price of a gallon of gas has increased,and in 2009 it was over $4 a gallon.
I just read an article that discussed the idea of voting, and how many Americans are oblivious to the politics that cirlce around them. A survey was given to people that included questions about politics and world issues, and the majority of the people had no idea of any of the answers to the questions. What I do not understand is why citizens of the United states are not aware of the current issues, and why people do not vote. One section of the article was that there are a lot of people that are not registered voters, and many registered voters do not vote.
Politics is complicated. I have always known this in the back of my mind, but I have been forced to think about it more in the past few weeks thanks to a few different sources, the book Unspun, my government class, the movie “The Ides of March”, and my approaching 18th birthday.
I'm actually neutral on the election. Either side is a soso for me. But I am glad that this country opened up to different race for president. We can't really say what's going to happen in the future but I hope our president can lead us to the right path. Both presidents have their reasons for being our next president. I think the U.S citizens like Obama's reasons more.