No Vote, No Voice…Right? So Why Aren’t My People Voting?!

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In lieu of the primary elections that are currently taking place, I decided to do a piece about a right that many of us take for granted, the right to vote. I’ll admit, I’m not that well versed in politics. I’m only 22 years old and before the 2016 primaries, I had only ever voted once. On paper, I am a Democrat or I may be Independent; I honestly don’t remember. I am a self-proclaimed liberal, socialist, and activist. I have protested for my beliefs and I do not hesitate to advocate for any social issues that I am passionate about. Since these primaries have started, I have found myself passionate about voting.

Tuesday March 3, 2016 was the Primary Election date in my state, sweet home Alabama. I woke up excited to fulfill my civic duty by exercising my right to vote for my favorite candidate. As I prepared to cast my vote, I logged onto my social media sites, as I always do. A few of my followers were just as excited as I was to vote, but more people than I imagined weren’t excited about voting at all. Personally, I found the reason why people weren’t voting to be quite ridiculous to say the least.

Some people think their vote doesn’t count. That isn’t true. In fact, the Primary election is arguably the most important election since it determines the candidates for Presidency. During the Presidential Election, U.S. citizens cast their votes and the winner of this election is considered the winner of the popular or majority vote. If neither Presidential candidate has the majority, the U.S. House of Representatives elects the President. The Senate elects the Vice President if neither Vice Presidential candidate gets the majority. In 48 states, the electoral voters all vote for the candidate who won the popular vote in that state. In other words, YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!

As a black woman, I know that my ancestors laid their lives on the line so that I could have the right to vote, and I honor that. It would be a disgrace upon them, my parents, myself, and my children for me to allow all of their blood, sweat, and tears go to waste. I will leave you with one final plea, please exercise your constitutional right to vote; our future depends on it.

Darshay K. Lampley is a Broadcast Journalism major and Creative Writing minor at Jacksonville State University. Upon graduating, she anticipates a lucrative career in the entertainment industry. Darshay is an entertainment journalist, on-air radio personality, and is currently writing her first book. Darshay believes that her ambition along with her strong faith in God will lead her down the pathway to success. "God is within her, she will not fail." Psalm 46:5

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