Why Voting Matters

Even though there are estimated to be over a hundred and fifty million eligible voters in the United States, it is projected that in the upcoming Presidential election, ninety million voters will choose to not partake in voting.   That is over half of the eligible voters opting out of their privilege of voting, a privilege that several other countries do not even have.   I feel that every eligible voter should take advantage of the ability to vote, but only if they are informed on the important information of the election.
There are approximately 72 countries in the world that partake in democratic elections.   Out of the estimated 196 countries in the world, that is only 36% of the world has the privilege of voting.   So why, in a country with complete freedom of voting for anyone over the age of eighteen, do over half of the eligible voters choose to not vote?   The excuse that one vote does not make a difference, is often used to explain the actions of people who choose not to vote.   I feel that this is an untrue statement however, because every single vote casted in an election does indeed make a difference.   In our country’s past, there have been several presidential elections that have been extremely close.   For example, in the presidential election of 2000 candidate Al Gore barely lost the election to George W. Bush.   A lot of people had a problem with the way that Bush ran the country, but if they had voted for Gore, he probably would have won.   If at least some of the people who did not vote because they thought it would not make a difference would have chosen cast a vote in those elections, the outcome might have been different.   A person should take advantage of their privilege to vote, especially if their only excuse is that one vote will not make a difference.
With an estimated ninety-million voters in the United States that will choose not to vote in the upcoming presidential election, the winning candidate will not truly embody the choice of...