Why you must get your voters card and vote

Princeton AIhebho
Princeton AIhebho • 21 July 2022

Voting is a fundamental right for each and every citizen, but many people feel unable to exercise it due to a lack of information, or sheer apathy. Not voting, on the other hand, has far-reaching consequences for the individual, their community, and the country as a whole. This article will look at the significance of voting, how it affects young people, and what we can do to encourage more people to vote. 

To begin, voting allows citizens to express their views on important issues, select their leaders, and hold them accountable for their actions. People who do not vote forego the opportunity to shape their community, state, or country. This frequently results in citizens feeling disempowered, disillusioned, and frustrated because their voices are not being heard. Furthermore, when a significant number of people do not vote, the election results may not accurately reflect the will of the people. 

Secondly, the youth are the future of our country, and they have the most to gain from voting. Young people can help shape their future by voting, choosing leaders who represent their interests, and holding them accountable. Unfortunately, many young people feel disconnected from the political process and do not understand the importance of voting. They frequently believe that their vote is meaningless or that politicians are uninterested in their concerns. However, this is not the case. Politicians, on the other hand, pay attention to the youth vote, and they are more likely to support policies that appeal to young people if they know that it can make or break their political career. 

As a result, it is critical for young people to register to vote and make informed voting decisions. This includes researching candidates' policies and track records, attending political debates and forums, and discussing political issues with friends and family members. It also entails actively participating in civic engagement activities such as volunteering for political campaigns or organizing voter registration drives. 

Thirdly, voting is about more than just choosing between two candidates; it is also about deciding how you want your country to be governed. People vote to express their views on a variety of issues, including healthcare, education, the environment, and social justice. They are also voting on their beliefs in values and principles such as democracy, equality, and human rights. As a result, voting is more than just a personal preference; it is a civic duty that affects the well-being of the entire society. 

Fourthly, not voting is a form of apathy that can lead to distrust of the government and political system. People who do not participate in the democratic process feel powerless and disconnected from their communities. This can lead to resignation, cynicism, and even resentment of the government and politicians. Furthermore, by failing to vote, people open the door for those willing to cheat, bribe, or manipulate the electoral process, undermining the legitimacy of the election and the government. 

Finally, there are numerous ways to encourage more people, particularly young people, to vote. Increased access to information about the voting process, such as how to register to vote, where to vote, and what to expect on election day, is one approach. Public service announcements, social media campaigns, and voter education programs can all be used to accomplish this. Another approach would be to lower the barriers to voting, such as by making voting more convenient, accessible, and secure. This can be accomplished by increasing early voting, providing mail-in ballots, and enacting voter ID laws that do not discriminate against specific groups of people. 

To summarize, voting is a fundamental right and civic duty that every citizen should take seriously. Not voting has far-reaching consequences for the individual, their community, and the country as a whole. The youth, in particular, have the most to gain from voting, and they should be encouraged to register and vote in elections. By doing so, they can help shape their future, select leaders who represent their interests, and hold them accountable.

Let us work together to make Nigeria stronger, more inclusive, and democratic. So let's get started! 

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