The importance of voting

Speaking your opinion about America’s democracy is one thing but actually voting for the change you wish to see in the world is another, and is frankly more important. Although your vote may be one out of millions it still counts for something and can make a difference.

“Voting is one of the most important duties we have as Americans, and is the prime way for American citizens to express their views,” said John Goodwin, a history and economics teacher at Lebanon High School.

Once citizens reach the age of eighteen, they are legally able to express their views through their ballot. Though voting is strongly encouraged, voters should be aware of the responsibility that comes with it.

“Although voting is important, it comes with two requirements,” said Goodwin, “Age and knowledge

John Goodwin


Many first-time voters follow in the footsteps of their parents, and usually have no idea as to what they are voting for.

“Just because someone is of age to cast their vote, does not mean they should,” said Goodwin.

Being well-educated on what each candidate has to offer and what they have planned for America is important

Junior Nick Dafoe


“I hope that first-time voters know what they are voting for,” said Nick Dafoe, a junior at LHS.

Although not able to vote in the 2016 presidential election, Dafoe has strong beliefs about why voting is important.

“Voting means something and result in a whole world of change. Voters are making a decision for their future. It would be in their best interest to be educated about their choice,” said Dafoe.

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