Why should Americans exercise their right to vote?
Why should we vote? Is it really worth our time? The answer is YES. People say that
one vote wont change the outcome, but take a look at Florida! Right now, the election of
our president is in the people of Floridas hands. Your one vote is very important. Many
people take voting for granted. You see? By voting, here in Oklahoma, we are really
choosing eight representatives to go to the electoral colleges in December.
eight people are also the people from our beloved state that are in the House of
Representatives. In December, they the representatives you chose will vote for a
president. Their votes are called electoral votes. They are based on the popular
votes. When you go to the poles to vote for a president, and the ballots are totaled up
those are called the popular votes. My personal opinion is that the popular votes should
determine the winner.
Right now, just because a candidate has more popular votes
doesnt necessarily mean that they have more electoral votes. The number of electoral
votes each state has is determined by that states population. The larger the population,
the more electoral votes. In the election that is taking place right now, Al Gore is winning
in electoral votes, but, over half of the states voted for George Bush. How is that
possible you ask? Because Gore took most of the larger populated states.
Now, say you lived in California.
That state has 54 electoral votes. What if only half the
population of registered voters actually went to vote? Lets say the majority of them voted
for Bush, but he only won by one vote. That states electoral votes would be Bushs, and
in conclusion, Bush would be president. So, think about this again, does your vote really