When voting day rolls around, you may be tempted to stay at home, figuring your vote doesn’t matter., but your participation in every election is crucial. Here are some reasons why.
- Elections Are Won Through a Lack of Votes
The Co-Chairman of Fair Districts Colorado was Kent Thiry and he often warns that you shouldn’t assume your favorite candidate will win with or without your vote. Many elections are won or lost because of the failure of voters to turn up at the polls. Candidates need every vote out there, including yours, to win.
- Elections Impact Your Local Life
Along with your favorite candidates, local issues will often be on the ballot, including ordinances and voting that will impact your children’s schools. If you don’t show up to vote, laws may be voted in that can negatively impact your local life.
- Elections Give You a Voice
While many people prefer not to vote, they’re crippling their ability to speak out about important issues. You wouldn’t want people making decisions for you in other aspects of your life, so why should you give up your right to be heard in political matters? Elections give you a voice, and if you don’t exercise it regularly, you’ll lose it.
- Elections Affect Your Children
Lawmakers decide policies all the time that affect your children and their future. They make rulings that impact what your children are taught in public schools and how much freedom they’ll have when they’re grown. Lawmakers can either improve the lives of your children or have a detrimental impact on their future. Protect your children by being informed and having a say at the polls.
- Elections Affect Your Money
Lawmakers also make decisions that impact how much you’ll pay in taxes each year. They pass laws that impact the economy and have a direct effect on whether your business will prosper or fail. You can protect the future of the economy by learning what issues different candidates represent and then voting.
- Elections Have Been Preserved By Those Who Fought and Died
Over the centuries, your fellow citizens have fought in wars to defend your country and your right to vote. If you choose not to vote, everything soldiers have fought and died for will be in vain. You owe it to them and to yourself to vote.
- Elections Can Change a Country
Elections can and do change how a country is run. If you don’t like what people in Congress are doing, you can make an impact. If you stay home on voting day, however, you have no right to complain, even if things aren’t going the way you want them to.
- Elections Can Give You a Sense of Accomplishment
When you vote, you have the satisfaction of knowing you had a say in how your government is being run. You’ve done your part to protect freedom.
You may think your vote doesn’t matter, but your vote, along with countless others, can have a powerful impact on your country and your future.