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An old woman in South Africa walks along a dirty street struggles under the weight of her possessions She is tired and hot but she pursues her goal She wants to take advantage of her new privilege before she diesA busy young man strides down a crowded street in New York City In his hand he carries a briefcase which includes some proposals that he plans to work on at home A short distance ahead of him he sees a sign VOTE He keeps walking past the polls He says to himself I am but one in a million Maybe I will vote later if I can find the timeAlthough her feet ache she steps ahead a few more steps Here Finally after years of waiting She sets down her load bursting with excitement The pain in her feet has ceasedHe reaches his tall towering apartment building feeling the strain of the day Oh well Ill vote at the next election He says After all he would live for a long time and his vote would not make a difference in the years to come His future would not be changed by one lousy vote Finally in her old age after years of fighting for this right she and many others have voted for the first time Their country will be changed to help the people of today and tomorrow Hell vote when he gets around to it He hasnt had to fight for it Its always been thereAround the world America is known as the land of opportunity Yet we take for granted the one opportunity that can make a difference in our society the right to vote We have to look at the black nation of South Africa which was under white dictatorship for years and years and was not included in deciding who will be President of their country The right to vote is a thing to be cherished It is
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