I looked at the calendar this morning and realized October is next week. NEXT WEEK, YOU GUYS.
Then I realized, “Holy crap. I have a lot to get done in October. It’s H’s first Halloween so we need to get her a costume, because I obviously am not talented enough to make her one; then we need to do a little winterizing around the house; it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start getting some Christmas presents purchased because, let’s be honest, my little bank account can’t do that all in one month; and oh yeah, I need to update my voter registration.”
That’s right, folks. We’re just over a month away from the next election. No, this isn’t a presidential election, but that doesn’t mean you should shirk your duty as an American citizen.
Illinois citizens have some pretty big decisions to make this November. Not only are we electing a new Senator to represent us in Washington, we’re also choosing a new governor. Those are two pretty important positions for you to ‘forget’ to vote.
And just in case you don’t buy how important it is to vote, I thought it was the perfect time to resurrect our list of “Top Ten Reasons Why Voting is AWESOME!” It was originally published here in 2012, but like all important things, it bears repeating. Just to keep things fresh, I’ve added some updates, included in blue:
- 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. Huh, funny how this hasn’t really changed in two years, right?
- Your vote counts just as much as anyone else’s. Still true.
- You get a cool ‘I Voted!’ sticker. Definitely still true!
- 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. Yep.
- 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? This won’t change in the history of voting. One of the best reasons to vote.
- If your friends don’t vote and you do, you automatically have the right to endlessly mock them. Seriously. Still true.
- 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. Okay, so this isn’t a presidential election, but that doesn’t matter. You’re still voting for some pretty important stuff. Oh, and the election is Nov. 4 this time around.
- 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. Oh man, am I feeling this one this year. With a little one at home, we need to stretch every penny, so I don’t want to have to feel guilty about not voting for the guy that would help me save some of my hard-earned.
- 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! I believe the last day to register to vote here in Illinois this year is Oct. 9 — 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. Definitely still true.
Now remember, go vote!