Ryae was enrolled in Project Second Chance, the Library’s adult literacy program, when she wrote this essay for our book of student writing, In Our Words. Want to be an informed voter? Come to live virtual forums on candidates and ballot measures with Library partner League of Women Voters or watch the recordings on CCCL YouTube.
Every Vote Counts
By Ryae L.
I think voting is one of the best systems in democratic countries. Voting will decide who will have power to govern and the best way to guide for the country and each state and district. Before you vote, you should consider carefully and choose the right people and issues. They should have a clear vision for the country and be able to work together on many issues with different parties. Sometimes very important issues could fail by a small amount of voting counts.
In my home country of South Korea, first election started 1963 after 1961 May coup, even though we have a thousand years of history. On other hand, the USA voting system started in 1789, only 230 years ago, by choosing George Washington as first president. I’m very lucky to live in the USA and have a right to vote.
We can’t waste our vote. We must respect our voting system and show our ideas and opinions to the system by voting. If you don’t vote, you don’t have a right to complain about our government and issues. You can make difference by voting for the right people and issues. Every vote is very important and effects government and society. You can make the best government by voting.