Voting serves an essential function in the United States. By registering to vote and then casting your ballot in a local, state or national election, you're helping to shape the place in which you live.

Making Collective Decisions

The United States is a democracy meant to function through the will of the people. This will is made evident through voting. People including the President, members of Congress, mayors and city council officials make a lot of decisions within the areas they oversee -- but those elected officials can come or go depending on who the public favors. Voters also make decisions on items of importance, including allocating funding for schools, highways or health care. In essence, when you vote, you are taking part in a collective decision-making process.