This is the second election in a row that feels almost circus-like. Many people are so frustrated with all of the mudslinging and over-the-top antics that they are considering not voting at all. That’s understandable, and in fact, I have even felt the same way over the past weeks and months. So I decided to do some research. After all, celebrities and politicians, news outlets, and teachers say the same generic thing: “Go vote!” That just isn’t enough! We need to understand why our vote counts, why any of this matters, and what the repercussions are of the highly personal choice.
4 Reasons to Vote in 2020
1. VOTING IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CHANGE: If you don’t like how Trump has been running the country (and let’s face it, many people do not!), then your vote can give someone else a chance to do better. President Trump is a republican, so if you’re a Democrat, then right there you would want to get someone else elected, pronto!
2. NOT VOTING MEANS YOU HAVE ZERO SAY IN THE OUTCOME: When we don’t vote, we give up the right to complain about whoever gets the job. Also, by choosing not to vote, we are saying that our opinion doesn’t matter. Remember that throughout history, so many were not afforded the right to vote at all. Also, blacks were only counted as 3/5ths of a vote until after the Civil War. Plus, there are many people alive who are incapacitated in some way and cannot vote this year even if they want. So get out there and exercise your right to vote! It’s an honor and a privilege.
3. ELECTIONS HAVE REAL CONSEQUENCES: Power accompanies the right to vote. We have the power to spark real change in this country for ourselves and future generations. Voting is a chance to defend fundamental rights, aid in passing new laws, and getting proper funding for schools. And remember, voting is not just reserved for the presidential election. It’s the chance to enact changes in your local and state governments as well.
4. MONEY MATTERS: Republicans and Democrats differ significantly on how to allocate tax dollars. Do your homework and see which party you agree with because your vote influences how your hard-earned dollars are allocated for things like health insurance, social services, and school funding.
For all of you last-minute voters, here is a link to a site that explains the key differences between democrats and republicans. If you’re on the fence, take a quick look and then go get in line! Someone is going to win, so even if you hate both candidates, just remember that. One of them WILL win. Shouldn’t you have a say in which one it is? When we don’t vote, we are not rebelling, we are surrendering!