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Whatever Floats Your Vote

By: Winter Jennings-Montgomery, Reporter

 

Tomorrow, November 3rd, is the local leader election day for the state of Virginia. Some students at Waynesboro High School will be able to vote on that day and even more will be able to vote in 2016, for the Presidential election. The government teachers at the high school have answered some questions regarding the importance of voting, major things to remember, and how voting has changed.

 

Leonard Richards, a social studies teacher, says that his class looks at the issues that pertain real life. “A lot of  [problems] stem from people voting or not voting.” says Richards,  “So the effect of not voting is to not see what you want put in place, that’s the danger.” Not voting is also the choice of each individual citizen, though not doing so means choosing not to have a voice in the problems of government, including who is voted in and what laws are passed. Some citizens vote based on the candidates platforms or whether the candidates if they are democrats or republicans.

 

To vote, a citizen must register. This can be done by going to the DMV and signing a few papers. Since Virginia is one of the states requiring an ID to vote, a valid ID is needed before voting. “Being informed is the most important part of voting, I think, and knowing that you’re making the best possible decision that you can make.” Said Christopher Johnson, a new social studies teacher at Waynesboro High School. With the help of modern technology, research on the candidates can be done easily and helps to make the candidates more accessible. The government teachers at WHS suggest students to research the following: who they are, what they support, and what issues are they speaking of. In addition to that research, students should find if they have been in office before and what they have done compared to what they claimed they would do. Another importance of voting would be how did it get to the way it is present times.


Historically in the United States, voting was meant as a right for white male landowners exclusively. Over time, the laws changed to allow voting to all white males, then males in general, and finally  women. What used to be a right only given to a citizen at age twenty-one, became the right of eighteen year old young adults in the year of 1971.  Methods of voting have become more technologically advanced to keep up with the modern world and make it more accessible to the people, but even then, there are some struggles. “It used to be that more people got involved in the process and they voted,” said Preston Martin, a social studies teacher at WHS. “Now less and less people are voting. You see, more turned out major elections. People just don’t understand that the president is a figurehead. He [the President] has power, but your main power or how the people represent you, that’s [a power found] in your legislator. That’s the people that make the laws.”

 

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One Response to “Whatever Floats Your Vote”

  1. Mr. Richards says:

    Well written Winter!!! Way to go!

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