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Beth’s 7 reasons to vote

22/10/2012

If there’s one thing I can’t stand hearing around election time, it’s this: “I’m not going to vote.” The reasons why are numerous — I don’t have the time, my vote doesn’t count, I’m disenfranchised by the system, etc.

However, instead of yelling in ALL CAPS why not voting in our presidential elections is an ignorant, narcissistic complaint from ignorant, narcissistic people, I’m going to be nice and give you, the nonvoter, seven reasons why you should vote.

Beth’s 7 reasons why you should vote

1. It’s how our country functions: There is a reason why the United States of America is one of the most powerful, influential and inspiring countries in the world. It’s not because we’re large, scary or heavily populated — it’s because we can vote.
Why else do you think the European Union happened? The Arab Spring? American Idol? Because voting is a powerful tool that thousands of our ancestors fought and died for. Voting is a way of honoring our country’s history and keeping it from becoming whatever we’re afraid it will become. More corrupted? Socialist? Caste system? All possible if you don’t vote.

2. You likely have a legally protected reason to ditch work for an hour: Many U.S. states have guaranteed protection for employees needing to leave work for a little while to go vote. In fact, a few states mark it as a holiday. However, before you ditch work to go vote, be sure to look up your own state’s rights and protections. If you can’t leave work, there are plenty of early voting opportunities available.

3. You won’t love everything about your candidate, and that’s OK: Just because your preferred candidate did or said things you don’t like doesn’t mean you shouldn’t vote for them. No single candidate is going to stand for everything you stand for — after all, they’re tasked with representing at least 100 million people.
If you stand behind your candidate 100 percent without taking offense at any of their actions or thoughts, you’re not doing your job as a citizen of this country.There’s a few things I don’t like about my candidate, but there’s plenty more I don’t like about the opposing one.

4. The opposing side is hoping you don’t vote: Remember Mitt Romney’s 47 percent? Yeah, he’s hoping they don’t go out and vote for Pres. Barack Obama. Remember Pres. Obama’s wealthy elite and Wall Street execs? He’s hoping they don’t go out and vote for Romney. The candidate you don’t like is praying you don’t go out and vote, because that’s one less majority vote for him.

5. You get to wear one of those really cool stickers: It’s one of the season’s hottest accessories.

6. Your vote counts: Why do you think Pres. Obama beat John McCain in 2008? It’s because that election brought out millions of young voters who hadn’t previously been a part of the electoral process. Those votes changed everything, and this year is no different. Why else do you think both candidates are reaching out to women and Hispanic voters so fervently this election? Because those demographics can really change where the election goes.
If you want your opinions in the majority, vote for your candidate. Want third party candidates to be more prominent in 2016? Vote! If third party candidates take enough of the vote, the next election will have no choice but to better include them.

7. If you don’t vote, someone else will: And that person could stand for everything you’re against. They could be a pro-choice hippie who wants to ban all nuclear weapons, or a wealthy elitist who wants to make English our official language and prohibit gays from marrying. One of the main ways America tells its politicians what we want is by voting — and if you’re not telling your politicians what you want, someone else is going to do it for you.

This is the rule I like to live by: If everyone who said their vote didn’t make a difference went out and voted, it would make a difference. 

I don’t care who you vote for, just go out and vote. And get educated by visiting nonpartisan sites like PolitiFact and Fact Check.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. 06/11/2012 19:25

    This was awesome! I loved your reasons. It’s hard to beat good common sense. I cannot stand people that refuse to vote.People that don’t take the time to vote are the very definition of selfish and idiotic. If they are so worried about how the politicians are going to use their vote why don’t they just take care of it themselves by casting it so that it’s set in stone and cannot be messed with?

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