Today is Election Day! Across the nation, people are heading to their local polling place to cast their votes for their favorite candidates. However, there is a saddening amount of people who do not make voting a priority because they do not see the point. Voting is really important.
- Voting gives you a voice and allows you to be heard. Voting allows you to have a say in who is elected and what issues are brought to life. Each candidate has a view on issues, and you can choose the one that best represents you. Voting enables you to personally decide who is elected and allows you to have a say in issues you care about.
- People fought, and continue to fight, for your right to vote. From the Revolutionary War and those who currently defend our freedoms to the women and people of color who fought for equal rights, our right to vote had to be fought for.
- It is what democracy is about. Democracy in the United States is about a government that is run by the people, for the people. Those who are elected into public office represent what the people wanted, and if you did not vote, they may not represent what you want.
- Voting really DOES make a difference. The people who win an election are, for the most part, the people who win the most votes. If you do not vote, you do not get a say. Your vote may determine who wins. Even in the Electoral College process during a Presidential election, the Electoral College is likely to put in their votes based on how many votes a candidate got within their state.
If you have not voted yet, check with your polling place to see how late they are open and let your voice and opinions be heard!