(Black PR Wire) Why vote when you are just one person among millions? You're about to learn 13 good reasons. But here's the most basic answer: If you care about your future and want the best things for your friends, your family, other people, and the environment, you should vote in every election.
Most U.S. citizens who are 18 or over have the right to be part of the political decision-making process that impacts all of us. Why would you ignore that enormous privilege? Our right to vote is fundamental to our way of life. It's why many Americans believe that not voting equals not caring. Simply put, it is our responsibility to vote because our freedom to pursue happiness depends on having a functional, representative democracy. The system only works if we participate in it.
When it comes to the well-being of college students and young people, voting is especially important. Your inaction can have long-lasting ramifications that are hard to overcome when you're older. That's why what happens on election day 2020 (November 3) is highly significant. All we really have is the present moment. Yes, every election matters. But no election matters more than the current one. It will always be that way.
So if you're an eligible American citizen, here's why you should vote:
- Your vote is your voice (and you deserve to be heard)
- A lot more is at stake than just who becomes president
- Students and young people have the power to change everything
- Higher education is becoming out of reach for too many Americans
- Health care is still a major problem that your votes can help solve
- Climate change threatens everybody's future (including yours)
- You owe it to America's heroes (past and present)
- You'll be seen as a doer, not a complainer
- Other people are depending on you to do the right thing
- It's your duty to help prevent fascism and tyranny
- You're lucky you even have the right to vote
- Elections can have severe consequences that last for decades
- You probably don't have a good excuse not to vote
Be a Citizen We Can All Be Proud Of
For the health of our democracy and your own well-being, we need you to vote; 2020 and 2022 are only the beginning. Stay informed, hold your elected officials accountable, and vote in as many future elections as you're physically and mentally able to.
And don't forget about the power of education. The more you know (and the more you're able to do), the better off you, your community, and our nation will be. America is strongest when people like you have the skills to take advantage of the opportunities that are available to them.