November 8th is just around the corner and it marks the day of this year’s U.S. Presidential election. Whether you mail in your voting ballot or head to the polls, we strongly encourage everyone to place their vote, because at the end of the day your vote does matter! To help get everyone excited to vote for this year’s election, we’ve rounded up the top five reasons why you should go out and vote.
1. Voting is Your Responsibility
Voting is a privilege and a valuable right in our democratic system. We, the people, make up all of the eligible citizens of American society. Voting in this election is not just about supporting the candidates, amendments, and referendums, it is about supporting the democratic idea as a whole. The majority voice of the people is the driving factor in the success of our country.
2. Choosing Your Government
This is the most obvious advantage of voting. Voting allows you to choose people you want representing your community in the governance of your country. The winning party will govern your society and will be answerable to you. With the democratic process of voting, a clearly-defined balance of power is maintained between the governance and the people.
“Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country and this world.”
- Sharon Salzberg
3. Helping Shape a Better Future
The goal of any government is to draft and implement useful policies for the betterment of its people. From school-funding to road-building, everything is decided by the policy makers that you vote for and help win. The policies enforced by any chosen representative may implement changes that impact your daily lifestyle, budget, or medical coverage. Don't you want someone who is going to reflect your needs, core values, and agendas? Our sentiments exactly.
4. Voting is a Right Generations of Americans Fought For
Many American citizens may take their right to vote for granted, but it wasn’t really that long ago when a large percentage of the population were denied that very right. The freedom to choose your own elected officials is one that fundamentally characterizes democracy, and what was fought for in our revolution. It is a right that was earned through many hardships suffered by past generations. It's a right that sets democracy apart from other modes of governance. Voting is to be cherished and not avoided.
5. Having an Informed Voice
Voting is a proactive, meaningful way to learn about and back the real issues and representatives you think can best create the changes you want to see. It’s the collective voice of those who care about public affairs. Voting is also a license to justifiably complain about your elected officials. Your grievances carry the greatest weight as a voter speaking through your ballot to hold candidates accountable for their conduct.
Get More Information on How & Where to Vote
We hope you have been inspired by these five reasons for why you should vote. Voting is the most impactful way you can voice your opinion in a democracy, choose your own leaders, and make them accountable for the greater good.
There is a wealth of nonpartisan information for the public, both general and state-specific, on all the aspects of the election process. Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in October of 2006, VOTE411.org is a "one-stop-shop" for election related information. Enter your address to find your polling place, build your ballot with an online voters' guide and much more! See the races on your ballot, compare candidates' positions side-by-side, and print out a "ballot" indicating your preferences as a reminder and take it with you to the polls on Election Day. Check out resources for military and overseas voters as well.
“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”
- Franklin D. Roosevelt