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How a Particular Freedom Makes People's Lives Better

Category: 2012 High School (Grades 9-12)
Student: Asia Johnson
School: Williamstown High School Williamstown, NJ (Gloucester County)
Teacher: Dan Torcasio

Personally, I believe the freedom to vote makes all American lives better. This allows Americans to have some type of input in the choices of the government and who runs it. Many citizens often complain that they do not like the government's decisions, but fail to realize that they chose the people in office; and if they did not vote, were given the opportunity to vote.

Blacks and women both had to fight for the right to vote. As a black female, I appreciate the effort and accomplishments of the past generations. Without the past accomplishments, I do not believe that President Obama would have had the right to vote, let alone become America's first black president. When I do turn eighteen, I will take full advantage of my voting privileges. I would like to vote in school board elections that effect the school budget in my district. This gives me the right to have a say in the education for my children in the future and how my tax dollars will be spent. I also have a strong desire to vote in the 2012 election. Unfortunately, I can not do so because of my age. Citizens often believe the misconception that their vote doesn't count. The election between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr in 1800 came down to a tie in the Electoral College, both with 73 votes each and this shows that every vote counts in an election.

It often frustrates me when I see people who have the opportunity to vote but they choose not to. I'm eager to vote now and I am only seventeen. Voting is not only a right, but it is a privilege. Voting is one of our most prized freedoms and allows citizens to have a say in the government.

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