It may seem like it’s going to be a lot more trouble to vote this year. With the pandemic, your voting plan could be up in the air. You could be voting by mail, by absentee ballot, in person at your local voting center prior to Election Day, or – you may be taking the traditional method: wearing a mask and showing up on Nov. 3 at your polling center.
Don’t be discouraged. You should certainly plan to do your duty and vote. Your vote matters, and here’s why:
1. We’ve Seen Close Elections
You may remember how close elections can get. Every single vote matters. Because of The Electoral College – the process that consists of the selection of the electors, each vote can impact which direction the electoral votes can sway. According to U.S. Office of the Federal Register, “Electoral votes are allocated among the states based on the census. Every state is allocated a number of votes equal to the number of senators and representatives in its U.S. Congressional delegation—two votes for its senators in the U.S. Senate plus a number of votes equal to the number of its Congressional districts.” Based on this information, each person’s vote makes a difference.
2. Your Enthusiasm can Inspire Others
Those in your circles may become more interested in voting if they know others are. If you post on social media that you have a voting plan ready, this may inspire others to get their plan in order too. Also, after you vote, share the fact that you did, and why it is important. This chain reaction of positive encouragement can spread.
3. When you Vote, you are Likely to Vote Again
If you start voting at age 18, and follow political races, you will likely continue your interest in voting in elections. This dedication to complete your duty to vote can impact your life in positive, unexpected ways. For example, you can become involved in local causes, grassroots efforts, or even take a more active role in local politics. Once you realize the importance of voting, and how fortunate we live in a democracy, this privilege can positively guide your actions in both your work and professional paths.
4. Your Vote can Impact Local Issues
The Presidential Election may seem like it’s not directly your orbit, but your local government elections truly are. According to a study conducted at Portland State University, turnout for mayoral elections in 10 of America’s 30 largest cities was less than 15 percent. What this means is that about 85 percent of eligible voters in local elections aren’t voting. This is a serious issue. Local issues that could impact you could be city wage tax, public transit funding, school budgets, neighborhood improvement funding and more. Be sure to vote at the local level and make your voice heard.
Your Vote Really Does Matter
It can seem like you’re only one vote and that’s yours isn’t really going to make a difference. This philosophy just isn’t true. Your voting commitment should start at the local level, where your voice can make a true impact on issues that have an impact on your daily life.
Regarding state and national elections, and particularly the Presidential election make a plan for voting and encourage those in your circles to do the same. This positive momentum can build up interest in voting and make sure that people have a voice in issues they care about and what to support. Voting is at the cornerstone of our freedom; it’s everyone’s duty to vote.