Eagle's Eye

Why don’t Americans register to vote?

Advertisement

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






The old saying is “if you don’t vote, the other person’s vote counts twice.”

No matter who’s president, what party you identify with, or how old you are it’s always important to vote. As of now, most people who are eligible to vote don’t. NPR figured that only about 6 in 10 eligible voters cast ballots in 2016. That’s only 60 percent. The United States is one of the worst developed countries when it comes to voter turnout, but why?

Registration is a hassle for Americans. In other developed nations, if you’re a citizen, voter registration is automatic. To register, Americans must go to a federal building, such as a library or a government office, then fill out paperwork. A 2012 Pew Research Center study reported that 51 million citizens — nearly one-in-four eligible to vote — had not registered. A GCHS senior, who has decided to stay unnamed, and has recently turned 18, says that he has not registered to vote because he feels that his voice doesn’t matter. In many states, Republican governors decided to make a law that restricts college students from using their university-given IDs because they no longer allow them as a valid form of identification even though most universities are federally funded.

People shouldn’t have to provide any identification because they prove who they are when they register to vote. Some people are lazy and just don’t feel like voting, others who want to cannot because ID that should be valid isn’t even though it was in the past. No matter how what’s stopping people from voting, it’s not a good enough reason, voting is another freedom we’ve been given and to waste that opportunity is the most un-American things I can think of. No matter how old you are, where you come from, or your creed go out during these midterms and vote!

 

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Comment

GCHS Eagle's Eye intends for this area to be used to foster healthy, thought-provoking discussion. Comments are expected to adhere to our standards and to be respectful and constructive. As such, we do not permit the use of profanity, foul language, personal attacks, or the use of language that might be interpreted as libelous. Comments are reviewed and must be approved by a moderator to ensure that they meet these standards. GCHS Eagle's Eye does not allow anonymous comments, and requires a valid email address, which all students have been provided. The email address will not be displayed but will be used to confirm your comments.

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Why don’t Americans register to vote?

    Eagle Life

    GCHS Chess Team competes in first tournament

  • Why don’t Americans register to vote?

    Eagle Life

    GCHS art class paints mural at GCMS

  • Why don’t Americans register to vote?

    Entertainment

    Legend has it… Natchez Trace

  • Why don’t Americans register to vote?

    Editorial & Opinion

    resTRICKtions OR TREAT

  • Why don’t Americans register to vote?

    Eagle Life

    GCHS VB soccer season comes to an end

  • Why don’t Americans register to vote?

    Entertainment

    The A-Maize-ing Farms

  • Why don’t Americans register to vote?

    Entertainment

    Bring on the Scares

  • Why don’t Americans register to vote?

    Editorial & Opinion

    Falling for Fall break

  • Why don’t Americans register to vote?

    Eagle Life

    GCHS to perform The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

  • Why don’t Americans register to vote?

    Showcase

    Graves Co. faces Mayfield at home Battle of the Birds game