By Marissa Yefsky //
After everything that has happened this year, the presidential election is highly anticipated by almost every American. If you are over 18 and are eligible to vote, I encourage you to get out there and do so! No matter who you vote for, it’s important to exercise your right to vote.
- Voting is your right.
We often forget voting is our civic duty. Americans are given opportunities that others in non-democratic countries don’t have. We are fortunate enough to have a voice in making change, and eligible voters should take that opportunity.
2. Your community depends on you.
Local elections are where the most change is made and will affect you directly. Voting locally ensures that your opinion is heard and that change in your community is possible.
3. Voting affects your job.
Minimum wage, pay equity, job security, and health insurance provided by your employer can all be affected based on who is voted into office in both local and national elections.
4. Your vote effects change.
Not voting allows a small minority of Americans to make decisions for the majority of the population. Voting ensures that your opinion is heard and other Americans will not make decisions for you.
5. Your vote actually matters!
There have been many elections in which a person has won due to a single vote. The most significant event where this happened was in 2000, when after a recount and a Supreme Court case, George W. Bush was elected president of the United States by a mere 537 votes.