Why Should Seniors Vote?

Jun 25th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Voting Matters

We are approaching another presidential election in November, 2020. Today SCJ takes a look at why we should consider voting a responsibility we cannot ignore.

Early in our country’s history, only white men could vote. Period. They managed the government and they managed voting for governmental officials. Very slowly, over the course of 200 years, Black men were given the vote. Then in 1920, the 19th Amendment was passed and all women were given the right to vote. In a democracy, voting is the means by which we citizens choose who we want to represent us in local, state and federal government. If you don’t vote, you likely don’t care who represents you.

Some Election History

Your vote matters because it is your way of participating in our democracy. It also matters when elections are close. National Geographic says this: ” In 2000, Al Gore narrowly lost the Electoral College vote to George W. Bush. The election came down to a recount in Florida, where Bush had won the popular vote by such a small margin that it triggered an automatic recount and a Supreme Court case (Bush v. Gore). In the end, Bush won Florida by 0.009 percent of the votes cast in the state, or 537 votes. Had 600 more pro-Gore voters gone to the polls in Florida that November, there may have been an entirely different president from 2000–2008.” Just think about that. Five hundred and thirty-seven people in our country determined who the president was for eight years.

And the election in 2016 was similar. Again National Geographic, ” Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016 by securing a close Electoral College win. Although the election did not come down to a handful of votes in one state, Trump’s votes in the Electoral College decided a tight race. Clinton had won the national popular vote by nearly three million votes, but the concentration of Trump voters in key districts in ‘swing’ states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan helped seal enough electoral votes to win the presidency.”

Senior Citizen Voting

Historically, the older a citizen, the more likely s/he is to vote. And the higher the education level, the more likely voting is taken seriously. Most states are considering permitting mail-in ballots in an attempt to ensure all citizens have the opportunity to vote. Of course, some politicians still try to prohibit some groups of people (like Black voters) from voting… “… voter suppression is a problem in many parts of the country, as some politicians try to win reelection by limiting the number of specific populations of voters, such as African Americans.” (National Geographic) SCJ considers this disgraceful behavior, and strongly encourage voters to insist upon eliminating such supression.

Voting matters. Every adult in the United States and its territories above the age of 18 has the right to vote. Seniors who support mail-in ballots are at an advantage when it comes to making voting easier. Let’s keep encouraging the switch to mail-in. Eventually the voter suppression politicians will lose this fight.



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