Here we are, at that time of the year when we have to start having the dialogue about why it’s important that we all get out and take advantage of the right which many of our ancestors fought and died for… The Right to Vote.
Of course I’m not suggesting that you go out and vote just to say you voted. I am suggesting that you take the responsibility to inform yourself of the issues, the candidates, and the direction this country is taking. The ability to vote is something most folks in this country take for granted. And yet, many folks that live in countries where there is no freedom would be willing to give their lives to be able to vote.
Why should you vote? Vote because Local elections matter! That’s where Real change takes place. And I’m talking about the kind of change that you can actually see and feel. The kind of change that directly impacts your community, your schools, your neighborhoods. Vote because the choices you will make for our Local State and County officials matter. Vote because elections aren’t simply about your representatives in Washington or who sits in the White House and takes the title of President.
Now the reason I point out the importance of local elections is because “We The People” really don’t vote the President in. Article 1 of the Constitution determined that members of the Senate and House of Representatives would both be elected directly by “Popular Vote”. The President, however, would be elected not by direct vote, but rather by the very corrupt Electoral College, which we should completely get rid of, but that’s a whole other blog!
Who you choose this November to lead your Local and State governments — whether as your governor, mayor, city council member, or your state senator — will have a significant impact on the life of your community.
Now I understand why many folks don’t vote and it’s not surprising when you take into account a general feeling of apathy, the influence of money in politics, the corrupt Electoral College and gerrymandered congressional districts, I mean, when you add all of that up, why would folks feel as if their vote matters?
And thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, which all but ended the Democratic primary this spring, we’re likely to see the most rapid and consequential shift of all by November, which is the fact that the majority of the country—and possibly the overwhelming majority—could cast their ballot by mail for the first time.
But the thing is, even with everything I just mentioned, just remember your vote in fact does count! And with social media, it’s easier than ever to be an educated voter. The internet is an online climate where young and old voters can form a clear picture of candidates and their platforms through all types of social media applications. The bottom line is, if you don’t vote for your own interests, who will?