There are so many reasons for Americans to vote in the 2020 election, yet so many seem to believe the opposite.
Disclaimer: This article is written from a nonpartisan standpoint, so this is meant for you, and your mom, and your friends, and everyone who has the opportunity to vote in the United States.
I am not entirely surprised to tell you I have seen an immense amount of people say they feel their individual vote does not matter.
By saying that, a person is thereby saying their voice does not matter, and that could not be further from the truth. Think about the country you live in, and the fact that you are allowed to vote in the first place. Many people do not have that opportunity. We owe it to ourselves, our fellow American citizens, and our country to speak for what we believe in. That can be through word of mouth, social media, protests, or rallies, but it should also include voting.
The truth is, though posting on social media and showing your support in a variety of public ways, can be incredibly useful, we need to understand that our votes are what put individuals into office.
Inspire others to vote. Tell friends your thoughts on the candidates, but make sure your support doesn't stop there. The moment we decide voting doesn't matter is the moment we stop having hope, and stop believing in our ability to make the future what we want it to be.
Now, even at this point, some people will agree and still not vote. Why? They don't like either candidate. I'll admit it. That's no fun. Nobody wants to vote for somebody they hate, or a person they distrust. And it is understandable that, when only looking at two candidates, one might not be able to completely agree with one or the other. However, remember that this isn't the case when it comes to the presidency.
Third party voting is a valid option.
There are way more choices for president than Joe Biden or Donald Trump. And using your vote for a third party candidate does not equate to wasting your vote. Please do not let anyone tell you that your third party vote does not count, or does not matter, or contributed to putting one person or another into office. If you believe in a person's beliefs and stances to the extent that you want to vote for them, even knowing full well their likelihood of winning is extremely minimal, then that is the person you should be voting for. Take control of your beliefs, and put those views into action by voting for the person you have faith in.
Let me reiterate that your opinion matters. Your beliefs matter. Your voice deserves to be heard. Don't let fears that your vote does not count to stop you from voting in the first place.
Plus, for any petty folks out there, remember your vote gives you a right to complain post-election should you be unhappy with the results. If you didn't vote at all, what right do you really have to say you're unhappy with the results. You didn't even contribute to the electing of your side.
I apologize for standing on a soapbox, but I feel it's about time this message gets out. It's time to stand up for your beliefs, even if it only goes so far as onto a ballot, and never makes it to social media or past your lips. There is no reason not to get out there and participate in this utterly historic election.
So, if you have yet to vote, I want to encourage you to make your voice heard, and go to your polling location on November 3rd. Vote, vote, vote!
As a sort of P.S., I want to remind you to think of your elderly relatives in these times. Do you have a grandparent that did not request an absentee ballot and does not have a way to get themselves to a polling location? Please offer to help them. Their voice counts too! It is so important to keep in mind those who require assistance.
This goes for neighbors too. Some older folks don't have kids or grandkids present in their lives to help with transportation. If you can find the time in your day, offer them a ride to a polling station.
And, of course, to everyone who has already voted or who plans to vote on November 3rd, thank you.
I don't know who you voted for, or why you voted for them, or if I agree with you: but thank you! This is what America is all about, using the democracy we were given to voice our beliefs and to promote the betterment of our country and its citizens.
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
© 2020 B E Rook
Angel Guzman from Joliet, Illinois on November 05, 2020:
Well said. All elections matter especially the municipal, county, and state! Federal is the most sexy but all levels of government need quality people doing the people's work. While we might not always get the result we want it is best when a strong majority votes. Voting should be easier and accessible to all!