If you haven’t noticed (and, if you haven’t noticed, you obviously have been living under a rock), there’s a presidential election coming up.
The candidates are all over TV. They’re airing commercials proclaiming their aptitude and ability to lead the country. They’re holding debates and stumping in every city they can squeeze into their busy schedules. And, to top it off, they’re leaving the decision-making up to you.
Talk about pressure. Only, it really isn’t. You take 10 minutes out of your day on Nov. 6, head over to your local polling place, cast your ballot and you’re done.
As in, you can go home and watch TV. Or, head back to the office. Or, run to the grocery store.
I’m not saying it’s a duty you should take lightly. It’s important to make your voice heard and cast your vote. We only have to look back to the 2000 presidential election to find a race that proves the old adage of ‘every vote counts’ true.
I’m just saying the excuses you already have worked up for not voting — like, ‘I don’t have time’ — won’t hold water.
So, instead of thinking of reasons why it might be difficult to make it to the polls to vote, think of it in terms of why it’s awesome to vote:
- It’s your job. And hey, just because Congress doesn’t seem to be doing their job, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be doing yours.
- Your vote counts just as much as anyone else’s.
- You get a cool ‘I Voted!’ sticker.
- You never know – if you’re unattached, you might finally have a chance to run into that cute neighbor you’ve been eyeing. Go ahead, impress him or her with your knowledge of politics and civic duty.
- Believe it or not, every political decision, policy or issue has or will affect you. It’s your future, why let someone else control it for you without a fight?
- If your friends don’t vote and you do, you automatically have the right to endlessly mock them. Seriously.
- Don’t forget — this isn’t just a presidential election. During the election on Nov. 6, you’ll also have the chance to elect members of Congress and local representatives. And, local elections like school board and city council races really do have an impact on your daily life.
- You don’t want to earn your paycheck just to have someone else decide how you have to spend it. It’s your money and the people you elect will decide how much of your wealth to invest in public services and taxes.
- With the internet, it takes a fraction of a second (okay, maybe a little bit longer — but not much) to get all of the registration and voter information for your county. Coincidentally, today is the last day to register to vote here in Illinois — SO GET IT DONE!
- Failure to vote means you’re no longer allowed any paid holidays. None. Or something like that. I’ll check into that, but in the mean time, just believe me.
So there it is. Ten reasons why voting is awesome. You know you don’t want to miss your opportunity to talk to your cute neighbor or get that awesome sticker, so make sure you vote on Nov. 6.
In all seriousness, voting gives you the right to decide who will be making the big decisions, so don’t blow it. I’m voting in this election because it’s my vote and it’s my future. Don’t forget, it’s your future, too.