Government Journal of the Royal Statistical Society
As a starting high school student, I have recently began pondering the government as well as the U.S. presidential election at hand. As I speak to my parents, I am growing increasingly interested in what is happening in the great big world around me. Everything seems so strange for a person my age to live in such a confusing world.
More specifically, I have been trying to learn more about voting. As well as the electoral votes for any given state that might be reviewed. As I said before, I do not completely understand how all of this works exactly. I am trying to learn more about it.
Two presidential elects that are in the government election
That is a decent place to begin. All that I see on the news right now is how important it is to do our part. In addition to go out and to cast our vote, come election day. The politicians in the government keep saying this reinforcing it. Regardless of who you might be voting for.
There seems to be a great many people that, by history, vote one way or another. Due to something that they have always done. Perhaps because it was how they’re raised to think. That seems a bit foreign to me. But to each his own I suppose.
If you asked them why they vote for that party
Their answer would probably be that was how their grandfather voted and their father voted. Since that is just what they believe. The same goes for the other party as well sometimes it seems. Which seems a bit vague to me.
Then I see people who actually listen to the rally speeches and the debates. They’re trying really hard to decipher what the two candidates are saying. They’re also working to make a decision on who they would like to represent them in the Whitehouse.
That is where it seems to become confusing to me. Because of this, I am not hearing very much about policy. Just mostly mudslinging about how terrible the other person is. I do not find it helpful in making the decisions. I imagine that nobody else does either. More information would be better.
But that is not where my confusion ends.
Like I said before, I am being told how important my vote is. I mean, if I were of age to vote. Someday I will be… And I want to know what to do. The part I do not understand is that the votes are counted up for each individual state. Then reported in to the government. That part seems clear enough to understand.
I live in a state that is red. I think I might be blue. That, in and of itself, makes me wonder if I were voting. Would it really matter at all? If I look at it in statistics, then I would think that I will be largely outvoted by the opposing party. That makes me think that despite what everyone is telling me. My vote really will not actually matter at all.
It is simply one single blue vote that lies amidst a sea of red. When it is all said and done I strongly believe that the electoral vote will still be red. So, does one vote even matter? It makes me think for myself. My parents raised me not to believe what I am told. Just because it is an adult saying it.
They told me to think for myself
I was told to make my own decisions based on what I believe is the truth. I wonder if one single vote, when you are in the minority, makes a difference at all. If it does not make much of a difference then why would I waste my time going down to the voting booth?
This is something that I will continue to think about over my high school education. I will continue to study the U.S. government until I can vote for myself. I just don’t know if I will change my mind from my present stance on the subject of voting for the U.S. President.