In the last national election the US had the ninth-lowest voting rate among the 35 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, most of whose members are highly developed, democratic states. Compared to our peers the United States historically hasn’t gotten as much voter engagement.
This year, however, there is a prediction that there will be historically high voter turnout. Some say it’s because of Bernie Sanders, some say it’s because of Donald Trump. Whatever the reason higher turnout makes our democracy more representative.
Voting is important. But it’s also a privilege, not an obligation. If you don’t want to vote, you don’t have to. If you chose to vote, though, know that your vote counts for more than just the president’s seat.
It’s not just the president for whom you’re voting. There are many propositions and bills that get included in the elections. You’re also voting for state senators, local leaders, and the people that will make decisions on how your tax dollars are spent. Local elections are so important because those are the issues that will have the biggest impact in your day-to-day life.
Information is power. Doing your research and being educated regarding the issues that are impacting your local areas will help you become an informed citizen. You will be able to understand the issues that are impacting your neighborhoods, your schools, and your local tax dollars. Being an informed citizen will ultimately help you become a better contributing member of society. And don’t we all want to be contributing members of society?
Peaceful Transition of Power
Voting should be about supporting democracy as a whole. It’s about believing that the will of the people is a driving and important factor in the success of our country. As good citizens we perform our civic duty by voting and making our choice, but then we support the outcome of the election. That’s how democracy works!
That being said, who else is excited for the election to be over so we can finally get back to a normal life? Thanksgiving anyone?!