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The Importance of Voting
Transcript of The Importance of Voting
It's right that those who must obey the laws should have a voice in making them.
Importance of Voting
Freedom of Speech and Press
Freedom of Religion
Privacy-Limits on Police
Right to Travel
Right to a Fair Trial
Every American Should Vote
1. It is your right, privilege, and duty.
2. Voting is your voice in government.
3. Creates opportunity for change.
Every American Should Vote
1. The colonists separating from Great Britian.
- Before we were even technically a nation we were fighting for our right to have a say/vote in government.
"No taxation without representation"
Only white, men, who owned land could vote.
From there all other groups had to fight for the right to vote.
2. Women fought for the right to vote.
The laws were unjust to women.
Example: Took Massachusetts women 55 years of effort to secure the law making mothers equal guardians of their children with the fathers.
3. Blacks fought for the right to vote and civil rights.
Separate but equal, and the grandfather clause, and other "tests" keeping them from voting.
It's Your Privilege
Voting is a right, that throughout history as been fought for. Millions still do not enjoy this right. As Americans, we have the great privilege to live in a free society and voting is the right that makes us free.
BY NOT VOTING, YOU LOSE YOUR RIGHT TO HAVE A SAY IN GOVERNMENT
WITHOUT VOTING THEIR WOULD BE NO DEMOCRACY.
It's Your Voice in Government
1. You can choose the politicians that best represent your views and beliefs on issues.
2. On a large scale, presidents appoint Supreme Court Justices, for LIFE! You hope they share your views because they will not only affect yourlife, but your children's, and your children's cildren.
Does My Vote Count?
1.Your vote holds your local and national leaders responsible for the decisions they make. (We put them there, they work for US, and we can always vote for someone else if we don't like what they do.)
2. Your vote sends a message about the issues you think are important.
3. Without voting there would be no democracy.
You Say the Government Doesn't affect your Life!
1. Elected officials make all sorts of decisions that can directly affect your life. Especially locally!
2. Taxes, roads, schools, environmental issues, and the economy!
3. By voting and knowing who your elected officials are enables you to voice your complaints to the appropriate representatives.
4. The way you vote can impact your area tremendously in some cases. If you want change, local is the best place to start.
Creates Opportunity for Change
1. The 19th Amendment allowed women to vote:
Started gaining rights - equal pay- apparently equal guardian of children.
Also, gaining the right to an education, in the workplace, in sports...
2. The 15th Amendment reinforced by the 24th Amendment allowed Blacks to gain rights:
Earning equal education, work, and transportation opportunities.
3. The 26th Amendment has to do with age:
Most if not all of us were eligible to vote.
By having elections so often, it allows for office positions to be changed somewhat often, so we don't have a specific party in control for too long of a period of time.
In the words of Aaron Sorken: Decisions are made by those who show up. So show up, let your voice be heard, help make decisions, otherwise keep your complaints to yourself!