Missing pieces in voter puzzle

By Staff Writer
October 9, 2003

Cecelia Francisco

Have you ever stared at a ‘Magic Eye’ poster? If you have you know that there are a bunch of formations, that when stared at correctly form to create an object or picture. Now what would happen if some of the pieces or formations were missing? It would no longer be a clear picture, but a distorted one that leaves you staring for hours wondering what exactly you should be looking for. Instead, picture people in the places of the formations and still you get the same effect. What happens if half the people don’t show up? Being one that did show, you are now stuck in an uncontrolled environment with many people, just not the right people in the right places.

This same occurrence happens with people and voting. About two out of every three people that I asked about voting said that their vote doesn’t count. The problem with this is that many people feel the same way, which causes a sort of domino effect. Many people throughout our country believe that their vote doesn’t count, causing many votes or voices to be unheard. The people that now make up the picture slowly diminish, so while you stare and wait for the picture to jump out at you, nothing happens.

If you are one of the many people that think that your one minuscule vote doesn’t matter, I’m here telling you that you are completely wrong! If you don’t think the country or even your state isn’t being run properly then take a stand and voice your opinion. By doing that you will have a say in what will or will not happen in the upcoming years.

I recently voted in the last presidential election and though the person I voted for didn’t win, my vote still mattered. The person I was rooting for won in both the state of New Jersey and the state of Pennsylvania. The only problem is, is that so many people don’t use their right to vote, which caused a person to win whom many people wish didn’t.

Now just imagine that everyone in the picture, everyone in the U.S., actually showed up. The picture is now a lot clearer and you finally see the object that you have been staring at so intensely. Trust me, it’ll be worth it. I know we can’t all completely change the world to our own desired taste, but voting is one step closer to making a difference. Just think about it. Do you really want to be the guy in “Mallrats” looking for the sailboat? Staring into a world cluttered with confusion trying, but never really seeing the big picture.

Posted to the web by Cecelia Francisco

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