We Need To Talk About the Importance of Voting
by Maria Romero, April 15, 2019 5:02pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
Election Day is happening in less than a month. This means we only have little time to prepare and select the new sets of leaders who are about to usher our country towards progress. This local and senatorial election season has been breathtaking to watch. Many were in awe of some aspirants’ persistence to show their capabilities to lead the country while others were outraged by the other’s questionable statements.
But what’s the importance of voting, anyway? Can one vote change our nation?
Voting isn’t just our right, it’s our power
As amended by Article V of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, suffrage or right to vote must be exercised by all citizens of the country who are at least eighteen years old, and have resided in the Philippines for at least a year.
With our right to vote, we have enough power to completely change this crumbling nation. If you want to have safe spaces for the LGBTQIA+, then vote for potential allies in the Senate and in local government.
Voting represents the power of all citizens to keep the government system working. It’s a privilege every citizen should enjoy. The people we elect are tasked to develop and implement various policies for our benefit. So, it’s only fair to wisely select the ones who uphold the right principles. But voting isn’t just about choosing the future leader, it can also be about exercising the rights our ancestors fought for. Whether first-time voters of not, this country needs intelligent votes now more than ever. Voting isn’t simply our right—it’s our power.
It’s empowering to play a part in shaping the country’s future
Our right to vote increases our social awareness while empowering us to cooperate in political and social activities. Through these activities, we can follow the progress of our nation—enabling the general population to make educated choices about who to vote in favor of the public’s best interest.
With our right to vote, we have enough power to completely change this crumbling nation. If you want to have safe spaces for the LGBTQIA+, then vote for potential allies in the Senate and in local government. If you’ve had enough of lewd politicians blaring their profanities during diplomatic discussions, then it’s time to elect decent leaders who can handle the etiquettes in the professional arena. Case in point, if you want a better country, then vote intelligently.
It can make an impact (for the greater good)
Yes, it’s cool to use our power to vote to change the world, but it comes with the responsibility of choosing the best candidates for every elective position. And having a say in the future of our country is even more empowering. Getting to finally cast your ballot after the whirlwind of campaign period is a relief and a source of hope a ballot can shape the country’s future.
Now, go get your phones or note pads and make a pros and cons game ala Ted Mosby and Marshall Eriksen of all the candidates running for elective posts. Read about their backgrounds and platforms and watch their interviews, and do your part to create your own ripple of change.
This May, have your index finger inked as a sign that you have used your power to shape our country’s future.