It’s not about who I’m voting for.
It’s about the fact I CAN vote.
I wrote this on November 2nd, 2021. It was an off cycle election day in the United States, meaning it wasn’t a presidential vote, or anything else major like congressional or senate choices. Some places were voting for mayors, or governors, but for me, it was only city council, school board, and water board. The ballot didn’t even have anything controversial to vote on.
Whoever gets elected for the water board and school board will no effect on my life. City council members might have some influence over my world, but it won’t be life changing. I honestly don’t care who gets elected for any of these positions. In general, most people also don’t care and don’t bother wasting their time to go vote for things like this, but for me, I’m going to vote regardless of what it is.
When asked why I vote in elections that don’t matter, I have a very simple answer.
Because I can.
But, there’s an even bigger reason:
Many people before me gave their lives for my right to vote.
For that, I am grateful.
While I may not care what the elections are about, and even if they have no bearing on my life, I’m going to vote because the alternative is not pretty. EVERY election matters because of what it represents. In case you don’t know, it represents freedom and democracy.
Keep in mind, you can’t vote in many countries. Some nations, even in recent times, have had their right to vote taken away. As they always say, you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone.
America may not be perfect, but it does have a few good things.
Voting is definitely one of them.
But please, vote responsibly…
At least do a little research on who, or what, you’re voting for.
Votes are too valuable to be wasted.
~ Marty ~