Voting has become an activity to some individuals that is not worth the effort. One of the critical rights we have is our right to choose who we want to represent us in our local, state or federal governments. Each year a substantial portion of those eligible to vote choose not to make the effort. The percentages of individuals in past elections have seen at best a little more than half of registered voters casting their ballots. The lack of a greater percentage participating can or would change the outcome of elections on issues and in some cases candidates for office.
Each of us have a more busy life than in the past and sometimes we have commitments which cannot be ignored though it may interfere with the activity of voting. While it is understandable to some extent the inclination to ignore their right to vote the reasons often presented are not justified. This is not to say that some events or situations may exist where individuals are unable to cast their ballot. Examples where individuals may be hampered to cast their ballot may include such events as unforeseen sickness or family emergencies.
Relating to the percentages that have voted in the past amounts to letting others determine who will impact your life with the decisions they will make. It is important for us as individuals to cast our ballots for candidates at all levels of government. Individuals we elected locally will have a greater impact on how we live through the decisions they make. One difference in many cases is citizens can voice their opinion on issues often at city council meetings on decisions local officials found it necessary to make. There are cases where citizens have the opportunity to provide input before decisions are made and this is one reason voters need to get involved in government operations and the decisions they make. Another aspect the term local means they are in the community not at a long distance location such as a state capital or at Congress.
We often hear the phrase if you do not vote you have no right to complain. In some ways this is true while in others it is not. We always have the right to express our opinion to our elected officials. The difference today involves several methods to choose from through the technology which exists today. The impact of not voting may also see drastic changes if the wrong individuals are elected to represent us. We may not always agree with every decision an elected official makes and we may not agree with the position of candidates on all the issues. We must decide which candidate overall agrees with the positions we have on issues prevalent in an election.