Amplify the Unheard

Updated: Aug 8, 2020

Voting is not always just about oneself; it is for the greater good. This election year, I will vote for those who do not see the importance of voting and those who can not.


Undocumented. Formerly Incarcerated. Disabled.


During an election, it is imperative to remember that those who need the most often go unheard. Listed above are groups of people not allowed to even cast their vote. So with that, thousands of people live and participate in society yet cannot voice their opinions and concerns and take part in casting their vote. I vote for them.


Financially-Insecure Americans.


Americans who typically are cast out of society and not offered a seat at any political table are less likely to vote, but change usually hurts them the most. I vote for them.


“Those financially insecure people were much less likely to vote than the people with firmer financial footing. In that lowest-security group, only 20 percent of people were "likely voters" in that September-October 2014 survey (according to a Pew scale that determined a person's likelihood of voting). But the likelihood of voting goes up as financial security does — 63 percent of the most financially secure Americans were considered "likely voters.” [1]


Voter Suppression.


Lastly, across the United States, Voter suppression exists and affects BIPOC members of the community. I vote for them.


“Nine percent of black respondents and 9 percent of Hispanic respondents indicated that, in the last election, they (or someone in their household) were told that they lacked the proper identification to vote. Just 3 percent of whites said the same. Ten percent of black respondents and 11 percent of Hispanic respondents reported that they were incorrectly told that they weren't listed on voter rolls, as opposed to 5 percent of white respondents. In all, across just about every issue identified as a common barrier to voting, Black and Hispanic respondents were twice as likely, or more, to have experienced those barriers as white respondents.” Additionally, one in 10 Hispanics said that the last time they or someone in their household tried to vote, they were bothered at the polls. [2]


Voting is a right and should be given to anyone residing in the country. However, since that is not the case, I vote to amplify all of their voices, protect them from any harmful policy, and ensure our future—one that guarantees democracy and freedom.



References


[1] "Fact Check: Bernie Sanders And Whether Poor ... - NPR." 25 Apr. 2016, https://www.npr.org/2016/04/25/475613276/fact-check-bernie-sanders-and-whether-poor-americans-vote. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.


[2] "Voter Suppression Is Warping Democracy - The Atlantic." 17 Jul. 2018, https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/07/poll-prri-voter-suppression/565355/. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.



Isabel Rodriguez (she/her, 18) is a Latina woman based in California. She is a student at Cal Poly Pomona and plans on studying Communications with an emphasis on Public Relations. During her free time, she is a freelance writer covering intersectional feminism, environmentalism, voting, and any issues affecting underrepresented or minority communities. Find her on Instagram @isabel.rodriiguezz.