In the United States, and widely in California, our government and our politics have been creating new laws, based on whatever goes on in our society, such as same-sex marriage, immigration, equal rights. But overall, a society that runs better than it used to. But to put these kinds of laws into the code. They need the citizens of Americas to make a choice of what they want from the poll. But to get everyone to vote, they need to gather attention of the public to make it work. They most commonly show a commercial on TV or a short clip on the internet about the laws that has been causing trouble, and address people to vote for or against them. Is it important or is it an option? This is all based on everyone’s opinions of a law and their decisions on making it come to fruition.
But does it really matter when we vote anyway? If we do so, do we change a law in a way we want or expect in our civilization? Whenever people vote on a certain proposition, it feels like they didn’t do much or anything because somewhat apparently, “…the number of voters is usually large” [and] “the individual actually does not have any influence. “…which a voter believes that her or his contribution matters to influence the outcome of the election.”” Frankly, A single person may not change the law for his or herself by voting once, but more than one person or a huge crowd can vote for the same thing, which can have a higher chance for propositions to take them. Straightforwardly, this is how the government changed the laws, and it usually goes for the positive choice based on the voters’ wants and needs from a proposition.
When the society want people to vote, first, they have to persuade them. They do it by present what the problem that is going on and what to do to change it, and many props are commonly based on what people want to have if they vote for or against it. For example, In the video, “Vote Yes on Prop 5 and No on Prop 10” on YouTube, a man talks about Prop 5 and why anyone who watches this should vote “yes” on it. According to the man, who talks about Prop 5, he says that senior citizens will have better payment plans on taxes when they keep their houses or move into another one. Also, with this law and its high number of positive votes, he says that it will improve the “home sales for more buyers” in California. By watching this video, does it persuade people to vote “yes” on 5? Well, this is to encourage those who have may have problems with balancing money, paying taxes or keeping their homes. As promised in the video, there will a change for this law, and many have high hopes for it, so they can have better finance and housing plans.
Another video called “Hello, I’m No On Prop 8” delivers a message of why the viewer should vote “yes” for 8 and shows how bad it can be when they vote “no.” Prop 8 is notably based on the laws of marriage, equality, and the environment, which are seemed to be important for the people who live in California, and the guy on the right named “No on Prop 8” supports them. However, the man on the left named “Yes” is against these things and says that he “eliminates right for certain people,” which is still not right. The message of this video is that Prop 8 should be voted “no” because it contains all the rights that people want to have in order to make their own choice in California as voting “no” is “the right thing to do.” Most people who want this do not want to vote “yes” because it denies those rights. But there can be some who would vote “yes” because they think it doesn’t sound as bad as others thought.
As much as voting on the right decision on propositions and helping citizens in America with their housing plans, they also help with children. In 1998, voting “yes” on 10 enables cigarette taxes to help pay for children’s health and education as well as parent education rather than selling them to cigarette companies. For a proposition, this sounds reliant and accommodating because parents need their children to get their fine and fair education programs and prevents smoking and use of tobacco of them, which can result as a “win-win” solution.
Sometimes, a proposition can go wrong when it doesn’t have certain rights for it. For one, there was one point where Prop 8 didn’t work out. In the article, “Why Prop. 8 Failed…Again,” the author, Jasmyne A. Cannick states that California failed to support the equal rights of African-Americans and struggles to vote against it. Considering her race and sexuality, she complains that marrying in California “does nothing to address the problems faced by both black gays and black straights.” This means that Prop 8 can also affect racism, indicating to equality, which is for voting “no” on 8. But the real problem is marriage, the one major thing that Prop 8 seems to not fully approve of because of racism, which crosses it. Like what this author is saying about this issue in this proposition, many propositions may contain bad and unneeded consequences that people can vote for because it’s an option.
In conclusion, voting on laws can make an impact in the society by vast numbers of voters. In other words, it helps other people who primarily live in America and notably, California with their finances, livings, etc. It all depends on what a law is and what it’s doing right or wrong to everyone. So, does everyone have to vote for the good choices the polls give them? As much as they do, they rely on positive laws, such as legalizing different kinds of marriages, helping people with finances, and protecting the society from the opposite vote and lack of rights, which can lead to negative results.
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Sandham, Jessica L. “Prop. 10 Supporters Declare Belated Victory in Calif.” Education Week, vol. 18, no. 12, Nov. 1998, p. 14. EBSCOhost
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