November 8 is Election Day. Are you ready? Many voters nationwide are frustrated with the current political system, but the only way to change that is to exercise your constitutional right to vote.
It can be daunting to approach a voting station and fill out the voting ballot for your future leaders and it can be overwhelming to watch the news and hear only negative comments about the future President, but that cannot deter you from voting. It is time to step up and let your voice be heard on this beautiful Election Day.
Why should you vote? According to Donna Law, executive director of the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service at Southern Utah University, voting is an important right and responsibility for all citizens, including students.
“If students engage in the voting process early in their lives, they will see that voting, at all levels, has an impact on them and the things they care about,” said Law. “Local elections have a great impact on an individual’s day to day experiences. Participating in the election process, even if it doesn’t go your way, is empowering and you know that you did what you could to make a difference.”
There is more than the national election
Contrary to popular belief, there is more going on in this election season than just voting for the new President. Elections for local and state officials can have a bigger influence on you than on the national level. It is important to vote for those individuals that may live next door or shop at the same grocery store. Local and statewide elections hit home a lot more than any national election.
The voters reflect the people
If only a small percent of the population votes, then only a small percent of the population is represented. It is important to note that you represent yourself and your voice and that is all that matters. You do not have to be a celebrity to have an influence on today’s world. Get out and vote to make sure that you are heard.
When you vote, you are more educated
There is a lot of information that is thrown at you since day one during an election year. It can be difficult to filter through everything that is said and sent your way. However, those that take the time to become an educated voter better themselves and those around them. It takes a certain type of person to sit down, research the facts, and come to an educated decision as to who they want as their elected officials. Take the time to be educated and do your research to better the election.
You can change the system
You may not like the two-party system that currently runs the country, and that is perfectly fine. The way to change the system and see a shift in how politics works is to get out and vote for a change. If you vote for a third party candidate, know that your voice is being heard and the change is in process. Though your third party candidate may not win the election, they will make an impact on the country. Do not think that the country is stuck in its ways and it will never change. Know that your voice matters and you can make a difference.
It is your civic duty
You have heard over and over that it is a privilege to vote, and it is. There are plenty of places in the world that do not let anyone vote or let their voices be heard. Take into account that you live in a special place that gives the people the right to freedom of speech, as well as freedom to go out and cast their vote for those they want to see in office. Do not take this privilege and throw it aside because you think your vote does not count or you do not like politics. Take a moment, realize how lucky you are, and go vote.