Why You Should Vote

November 2, 2010Katie

Today, I left work to go vote on my lunch hour.  I completely rejected the idea of putting a picture on here of my little “I Voted” sticker partly because I’ve seen a million of those today, and partly because I hate pictures of myself. If you want me to, leave a comment though and I’ll e-mail it to you.

I work for a wonderful place that allowed us a little extra time if need be.

Why would an employment place do this?

Because they realize the importance of a vote, that’s why.

So why should you vote?

#1  If you don’t vote, you don’t have a right to complain about “what the government does”. Period.  You didn’t care enough to pay a dollar in gas money, mildly inconvenience yourself by driving to your poll place and using a marker to connect a few arrows together.

People in other countries have given their lives to try to have this right and a lot of our countrymen did so in the past.  They thought it just that important.

#2  Vote because you can. Ladies, a little less than a century ago, you didn’t even have the opportunity to vote.

I wonder if that’s why since 2004, young women have led the turnout increase witnessed among young adults overall?  In 04 and 06, young women voted at rates almost eight points higher than young men.

The right to vote in America has sadly given way to a indifferent society that thinks they don’t make a difference…which leads me to my next point.

#3  Vote because you could make a difference. Many races/issues have come down to a few measly votes.  Yours could make a difference.

#4  Vote only if you know what you’re voting for. Don’t go just to wear the little “I Voted” sticker.  If you don’t know what you’re voting for, you could do more harm than good for what you believe in.  Oh please, please, please, just don’t believe what you see on TV.  Don’t vote because a cute actor says he’s voting a certain way.  I don’t mean to degrade anyone, but it does happen.  Please dig a little deeper than that.

Tired of paying taxes? Research those state questions that would have you paying more…find out what’s involved.  It’s not only educational, it’s liberating to have an actual opinion or say-so in what those dollars go towards when you check that Yes or No on that ballot.

Today I witnessed something special at my polling place.  I saw a nursing home drive up with a van load of elderly people, some in wheelchairs, some with walkers and canes.

I watched as some of these wonderful folks took quite awhile to make it up the sidewalk to the door.  Talk about wanting to vote!  Perhaps their years of wisdom and life have led them to understand the importance of just what a vote can mean in their own lives.

If they can do it, we all can.  Please vote Oklahoma.

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