Voting in America is a rite of passage for all citizens. It is imperative to a free republic, and a fundamental pillar of freedom, liberty, and democracy. As free peoples, we have a natural right to choose who leads us and how our agenda is implemented. And if political leaders don’t follow through on their plans and promises, we have the right to vote them out of office and replace them with another leader who will heed to the will of the people. Lately, however, I’ve noticed some people feel like their vote doesn’t make a difference, and others feel that they would rather not vote at all because their choice makes little to no impact on the outcome of the election. Allow me to assure you that your vote matters tremendously! It's essentially your voice on policy, education, employment, healthcare, taxes, foreign affairs, and whatever else the government is held accountable for. If every citizen in America voted we’d have a much clearer vision of what we want for our wonderful country. Here are a few reasons why you need to register (if you haven’t) and vote this November.
Elections Can Have Consequences
As obvious as the sky is blue, elections have consequences. You are empowered by the vote you carry and can decide on the type of life you want for yourself and the future generations. If you care about issues such as public transportation, minimum wage, and funding for schools now is the time to think about what you want for your family and yourself, and then vote for the people you believe will carry out that agenda. There’s nothing worse than not voting and the candidate that works against your interests gets elected.
Voting is YOUR Right
Elections are decided by us, the people of this nation. You reserve the right to cast your vote! There’s nothing more American than voting for the people who will lead our nation. If you don’t vote, someone else will decide for you. You should never feel like voting isn’t important, and you should seize the opportunity to play an active and positive role in shaping our society.
You Pay Taxes
Don’t you want to know how the payroll tax money that comes out of your hard-earned pay each week is being used? This November will be your opportunity to decide where our tax dollars are being spent - such as funding for wildlife and conservation, law enforcement, education, and anything you deem important to you or your family’s future.
An Opportunity to Create Change
Voting gives you the chance to make a positive impact! You should support the candidates that can help and assist your community, state, and local government. When I vote, I like to think small – how can this candidate make our hospitals better? Or how can we get more funding for our school’s athletic programs? Thinking this way when you vote may help you make a better choice when choosing the right candidate. Sometimes overthinking or getting too emotional over arguments and tabloids may impair your decision to do what’s right by you, your family, and your community.
America Depends on You!
When you vote this November, be reminded that our communities are made up of friends, loved ones, neighbors, and children. Some do not understand how important voting is and how it has an impact on our way of life. If you can’t find it in yourself to vote for your own interests, vote for someone you love and care about. Think about how your vote will impact them, their family, and their way of life. Voting in itself is only a practice, it’s the way you vote that counts!
Make sure your voice is heard loud and clear this November. The decision rests in your hand, America. Let’s make it count!