Voting matters: the votes that changed history

Ten historical examples demonstrating how voting has had a significant impact on history, influencing events such as the American Civil War, Adolf Hitler's rise to power, the creation of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the end of apartheid in South Africa, the Brexit, and other major political and social transformations in several nations.

Voting has had a significant impact on history, and these ten examples demonstrate this.

1860: U.S. Presidential Election.

The 1860 U.S. presidential election saw the victory of Abraham Lincoln, which triggered the American Civil War. This vote had a significant impact on U.S. history and the struggle for the abolition of slavery.

1933: Germany’s presidential election

Germany’s 1933 presidential election saw the election of Adolf Hitler as chancellor, leading to the Nazi dictatorship and World War II. This vote had catastrophic consequences for Germany and the entire world.

1946: Italy becomes a republic

On June 2, 1946, Italians voted to decide whether they would adopt a new republican constitution or remain a monarchy. 54 percent of the vote went in favor of the republic.

1969: Presidential election in France

The 1969 French presidential election saw Georges Pompidou become president, marking a significant change in post-Gaullist French politics. This vote represented a turning point in French history and had a significant impact on international politics.

In addition, his presidency coincided with major international events such as the Vietnam War, the Eurodollar crisis, and the 1973 Arab-Israeli conflict. Pompidou promoted a more pragmatic foreign policy and strengthened France’s position within the European Union.

1979: Iran Elections

Iran’s 1979 presidential election saw the Iranian revolution and the creation of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which still has a major impact on today’s geopolitics. This vote was a turning point in Iranian history and had significant consequences on international politics.

1994: Nelson Mandela President in South Africa

The 1994 South African presidential election saw Nelson Mandela become the first black president in South Africa, marking the end of apartheid. This vote was a turning point in South African history and had a significant impact on the struggle for human rights and social justice around the world.

2014: Scotland and the United Kingdom

The 2014 referendum on Scotland’s membership in the United Kingdom saw Scottish voters vote to remain in the United Kingdom, but it also unleashed new independence tensions. This vote represented a turning point in Scottish and British politics, and generated long-term political and economic consequences.

2015: Paris Agreement

In 2015, representatives from 195 countries voted to approve the Paris Agreement, which sets global targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change.

2016: Brexit

The United Kingdom’s 2016 referendum on Brexit saw a majority of voters choose to leave the European Union, triggering a range of political and economic consequences. This referendum was a turning point in British and European politics, and it generated long-term consequences for the UK and the EU.

2017: Catalonia’s Independence

Catalonia’s 2017 independence referendum saw Catalonia vote for independence from Spain, but the Spanish government declared the referendum illegal. This vote represented a turning point in Spanish politics and generated long-term political and economic consequences.

Although elections can vary in size and relevance, every vote counts and can lead to significant changes in any organization, from your university, to the municipality you belong to, to the association you belong to. When you participate in a vote, you have the opportunity to choose and influence the decisions that will be made about crucial issues.

In addition, the voting process represents a moment of confrontation, union, and national cohesion in which all participants and eligible voters can express their voices. In conclusion, voting is an act that should never be underestimated, as each vote represents a chance to build a better future for oneself and the community.