Election Day: To Vote or Not?

by Justin Weller, Editor in Chief

Photo by Comstock Images/Stockbyte / Getty Images
Photo by Comstock Images/Stockbyte / Getty Images

I am busy.  I am tired.  I don't have time.  I have to work.  While all these may be true, there are ways around those excuses in order to exercise your right as a citizen and vote.  Many people, especially in today's fast-paced world, don't feel they have the time to vote and besides, their vote doesn't really matter, right?  Well that depends on how you look at it.  You could argue that there are 316 million people in this country so my one vote can't really make a difference.  

According to the US Census Bureau, only about 206 million of the 316 million people in the country are actually eligible to vote and of those 206 million eligible, only about 146 million are actually registered.  The number of people who actually vote is well less than half of the total number of people in this country.  Still, one out of 146 million doesn't seem very important.

Remember, this election is a general election for your house and senate leaders, as well as local and state issues.  In this election you really do have a voice.  You are helping to determine what happens in your voting district and city.  For example, in Cincinnati, there were 551,622 people registered to vote in the last general election, but only 165,349 of those people actually cast a ballot.  Especially when it comes to local precinct elections for your township.  As shown below, numbers can be quite close and every vote can make a difference.

From the Hamilton County Board of Elections, Results in Cincinnati

From the Hamilton County Board of Elections, Results in Cincinnati

A few votes made the difference between the top two candidates.  Consider voting.  Twelve people could have made the difference in that election.

Sources:

United States Census Bureau 
World Bank
Hamilton County Board of Elections