Archive for Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Voting privilege

May 10, 2006


To the editor:

Today I write to inform the people of the United States that they all possess a potential known to you but choose not to use it. This power is the right and responsibility to vote and voice ideas in society. Voting rights have been fought for since the beginning of this nation.

Many groups of Americans struggled for this right even after the Constitution. Women suffragists started having conferences in 1840 and continued to work for the women's rights movement. There were bold, courageous women who voted illegally, wrote articles and used peaceful protest tactics, like picketing. Another convincing method that 30 women used was going on a hunger strike. Finally, the federal government capitulated to the women's determination; in 1920, the 19th Amendment was passed to give women suffrage. It took them more than a century to earn what was rightfully theirs but had been denied. Other minority groups who labored for rights were African-Americans, 18-year-olds and people without property. It took them decades to obtain the democracy we have now.

Throughout history, people without suffrage have demanded democracy. What will it take for us to see the value of having choice? Voting is the only way we can bring about change and developments. We should honor the past people of America by utilizing the right to vote and eliminating unfair restrictions. Voting is a privilege! Do it for the future and your children, for what you vote on today may affect generations afterward.

Ji Hye Ban,



paladin 12 years ago

And that is why I will not vote until there is someone worthy of my vote, not a puppet who has been suffled into that position to fill a slot and function as a mouthpiece and a tool. My vote is too valuable to squander it so cheaply. When there is no real choice in terms of substance, only a demonstration of preference of style.

mefirst 12 years ago

Voting in this country has become a charade. We don't get a decent pool of candidates (only those with money), and votes are ursurped by the Supreme Court or discounted due to voting fraud.

Todd 12 years ago

How many state and local elections did the US or KS Supreme Courts decide? Hmm... I can't think of any off hand. A couple thousand votes in Lawrence is enough to sway city politics big time.

Jamesaust 12 years ago

Yes, curses to that SC who kept finding excuses "to ursurp" [!] the natural authority of white, propertied, priviledged males. You know that womens' suffrage is ancient history when women start complaining about judges enforcing rules like "equal protection." There seems to be more than one Kay O'Connor out there.

As H.L. Mencken, journalist and "ur-pundit," added to "Toute nation a le gouvernement qu'elle merite": "People deserve the government they get, and they deserve to get it good and hard."

blessed3x 12 years ago

I completely agree, Ji. I am especially proud that through the intervention of the US more people around the world are now able to have their votes counted and their voices heard. Iraqi voters have twice been able to dip their fingers in the ink and proudly display their newly found freedom without fear of retaliation. Freedom is wonderful and worth the fight.

paladin 12 years ago

Would it were true, and not merely a delusion.

nomorebobsplease 12 years ago

Blue73harley and Todd are correct. The turnout for local elections is shameful. The city and county (and state) elections will more directly impact your day-to-day life than any national election. Look at our school board. Look at our county commission. A couple thousand votes? Most likely, even less than that! If nothing else, at least vote at the local level. And encourage others to do the same!

GardenMomma 12 years ago

Every voter has an opinion. If you don't like the candidates on the ballot DO something about it, use the write-in ballot, or run for election yourself, or get involved with the issues. Do something besides sitting on your duff complaining that your vote is "to valuable to squander."

By not voting because you do not approve of any candidate you are still "squandering your vote."

newsRus 12 years ago

TO paladin, Even though you think you're wasting your vote on a "puppet", i beg to DIFFER. They're going to run, whether you want them to or not, and the least you could do is vote for the better one out of candidates. *and i think you're being too pessimistic!

also, thank you and amen to those who agree to voting in elections, the national, state, and LOCAL levels! We have to start out small and gradually move and change by voting and working to get rid of those "puppets"! Also, if you're gonna be apathetic about it, the government is really going to be able to do as they please...!!! We have to stay positive always!

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