Topic: Voting in Election
Specific Purpose: To persuade the audience to vote in democratic elections to voice out their opinions and beliefs regardless of their background, to decide for their future, and to preserve the essence of democracy.
* Provide a vivid description of people struggling to fight for their voting rights in certain countries. * Share relevant facts /statistics of how a small number of votes could have change the course of history in certain countries:
I. In year 1867, one vote gave United States the state of Alaska. The 1867 purchase of Alaska was approved by the Senate of America by the margin of just one vote- paving the way for the territory to be the largest state of America when it joined United States in 1958 (Barker, 2009). II. In year 2000, George W Bush won the famous Florida election recount against his opponent Al-Gore, by a close margin of 537 votes (out of 6 million casts), which made him the 43rd president of United States (“Voting analysis: Bush wins, again”, 2001). III. On Sept 25th 2012, by a vote of 50-49, the Uruguayan lower house of congress passed a law of legalizing abortion up to the 12th week of pregnancy (“Uruguay congress votes to legalise abortion”, 2012). IV. In the past Malaysia General Election in 2008, numerous candidates won their parliamentary seat against their opponent by only a close margin, these candidates includes candidates in Seremban (77 votes), Hulu Selangor (198 votes), Jelebu Negeri Sembilan (395 votes), Bakri Johor (722 votes), Bruas Perak (736 votes) and Parit Buntar Perak (846 votes) (“Keputusan rasmi pilihanraya umum ke-12”, 2008).
* Share the statistics: As of December 2011, 15.2 million Malaysians had attained the age of 21, but only 11.5 million have registered as voters. This means that 3.7 million eligible Malaysians have yet to register as voters (The number of total voters who...