Parish Government

Impact Statement – Shahrukh, Meghan, Tanner, and Erin

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm

I think we can all agree that voter turnout in the United States is not as high as it should be; not only in presidential elections, but also in local elections. There are many reasons that could lead to inadequate voter turnout. Some people just do not care about elections, others do not approve of voting methods, but the main reason is a lack of political efficacy. Political efficacy is defined as a “sense of own influence or effectiveness in politics.” Therefore, a lack of political efficacy is to believe that one’s single vote would not make a difference in the result of an election. This is when political action comes into play. Political action is not only participating in political processes, such as elections, but also making an impact and promoting your ideas to the public by speaking your voice. It is true that much of the United States population cannot vote because of age, but that shouldn’t stop high school students from influencing others to vote and increasing voter turnout.

Our group, “Take a Step, Make a Change,” carried out a project to make an impact on the voter turnout for the November 2, 2010 election. Our project consisted of interviewing young and old Americans, asking them basic questions about our country and about their participation in politics. Regardless of their answer, we informed them about voting and the impact that their one vote can have. To prove this to them, we showed them evidence of the 2000 Bush v. Gore election. Although Al Gore won the popular vote, he did not win the election because George Bush won the electoral vote. The election came down to the state of Florida, which Bush won by .01%. Our interviewees realized that their vote can make the difference in an election. We knew that we had reached our goal because our interviewees each pledged to “spread the word to vote.”          

In conclusion, anybody can make a difference when it comes to politics. It is not necessary to be able to vote or to be in a political action committee. One can make an impact by urging people to speak their own voice and trying to increase voter turnout. As we proved, a very small amount of votes can turn an election around. We took the step and made a change and now we urge everybody to take a step and make a change.

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