According to estimates from the United States Election Project, 50.3 percent of the voting eligible population cast a ballot in the 2018 midterm elections.
This number is the highest turnout for such an election since 1966 when 49 percent of Americans cast a ballot, and it is a significant increase in comparison to just 36.7 percent voting in 2014 and 41 percent casting a ballot in 2010.
But still … why did 49.7 percent of eligible voters during the last midterm elections choose not to vote?
The answer is because Americans can choose to not vote.
That said, it should be noted that many individuals throughout our history have gone to great lengths to ensure that all Americans can exercise this right.
It is in extending the right to vote that is the purpose of today, National Voter Registration Day.
Since 2012 it has provided an opportunity for Secretaries of State across the country to hold registration drives to register eligible voters.
What follows are some quotes about voting – both pro and con – that serve to stimulate thought.
25 Views on Voting
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you. Pericles
Too many people fought too hard to make sure all citizens of all colors, races, ethnicities, genders and abilities can vote to think that not voting somehow sends a message. Luis Gutierrez
I’ve got friends who didn’t vote. I want to smack them upside the head. Kid Rock
Young people need to vote. They need to get out there. Every vote counts. Educate yourself too. Don’t just vote. Know what you’re voting for and stand by that. Nikki Reed
Voting is the only way to make change in a democracy. Christine Todd Whitman
Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process. Hillary Clinton
If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it. Mark Twain
Voting is the foundation stone for political action. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it. Susan B. Anthony
Voting is how we participate in a civic society – be it for president, be it for a municipal election. It’s the way we teach our children – in school elections – how to be citizens, and the importance of their voice. Loretta Lynch
Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves, and the only way they could do this is by not voting. President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Every election is determined by the people who show up. Larry Sabato
Voting is not only our right, it is our power. When we vote, we take back our power to choose, to speak up, and to stand with those who support us and each other. Loung Ung
It’s very important to vote. People died for this right. Lenny Kravitz
Thinking isn’t agreeing or disagreeing. That’s voting. Robert Frost
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. Plato
Why do the people humiliate themselves by voting? I didn’t vote because I have dignity. If I had closed my nose and voted for one of them, I would spit on my own face. Oriana Fallaci
My vote is my voice … and the voice of all who struggled, so that I may have my voice. Lyida C. Obasi
If you dislike both candidates vote for the one you dislike the least. If you don’t vote, the one you dislike the most might win. Sonya Parker
Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good. ‘Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have. John Lewis
Not voting is not a protest. It is a surrender. Keith Ellison
There is no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter. President Barack Obama
Ten men shouting will control ten thousand who choose to remain silent. Joseph J. Haeggquist
Voting is an individual, personal thing. Hill Harper
And with this last quote in mind, I hope these quotes from a variety of persons, poets, philosophers, politicians and pundits provide food for thought on this National Voter Registration Day.
If interested in learning about registering to vote in the state where you live, go here.