“I don’t like either candidate.”
“My vote doesn’t matter.”
“My morals won’t let me choose between the lesser of two
“I can’t vote for someone I don’t believe in.”
- It’s your right. Despite what you may think about the process, the simplest reason that you should take advantage of your right to vote is because you can. There are so many people in this world today who don’t have that right. It’s the right that our founding fathers fought for hundreds of years ago, it’s the right that African Americans fought for, and it’s the right that women fought for. It means something, so go out there and exercise the right that so many others were denied for so long.
- Higher voter turnout means we are closer to a true democracy. True democracy. I’m sure you might have heard it mentioned in government class. It’s the “popular vote” or the decision made by the collective votes of each person in the community. It’s not feasible to have a true democracy in country the size of the US, but if we have higher turnout rates, we can get closer to it.
- If you don’t vote, your voice will never be heard. When large groups of people aren’t turning out to elections, the elections favor the people that do vote. I know, it sounds obvious, but the statistics behind this are surprising. An example of a group of people that have a lower turnout rate? Youth voters. You know whose not being represented in elections? Youth voters. If a politician is *theoretically* try to win votes, why would he or she bother try to appeal to those he or she knows won’t turn out on Election Day? If everyone in the country is going to be represented, everyone needs to vote.
- Your vote actually can make a difference. Remember the Florida Election Recount of 2000. 537 votes was the difference. 537 votes would have changed the election. In a state of millions, only 500 votes, less than a percent of the population, would have made a difference. Yours can too.
- If you are unhappy with the way things are, you should do something about it. People complain about the state of the nation every day. Whatever issues you have with the way things are going, shouldn’t you at least try to change it? This is the only voice you have; utilize it. No one likes a hypocrite.
“Bad officials are elected by good citizens who don’t vote.”—George Jean Nathan