Vote. The Importance Of Using Your Voice

Hello! Welcome Back! I hope you’re all doing well! If you aren’t from America like I am, you may not know that tomorrow November 6th is Election Day. It’s the midterm elections, where we vote for things like State Senators, House of Representatives and more. Basically we are voting for the people who will directly help us get things done on a closer, more personal level. Today, I wanted to talk about the importance of voting. Even if you aren’t from America and have a big election tomorrow using your voice and taking part in the voting process is apart of your civic duty. There are so many reasons people don’t vote, personally I think they are all silly and today, I’m going to debunk them.

My Vote Doesn’t Matter

You wouldn’t believe how many people think that their vote doesn’t matter. Which I get it, it can feel like you’re not being heard or that your vote doesn’t matter when so many outlandish things are happening. When you aren’t being represented properly, it’s easy to think your vote doesn’t matter. However, that’s more reason on why your vote DOES matter. You can’t expect change if you aren’t willing to do your part. Sitting at home and tweeting about how much you hate the current state of the government isn’t going to do anything, but going to the polls and voting puts you one step closer to change.

I Don’t Like the Candidates

This one, is probably the most legitimate reason but still don’t think it’s an excuse to not vote. I know it feels morally wrong to vote for the “lesser of two evils” but, you have to look at the greater picture. Yes, you may not like either of the candidates but which one is going to protect the rights of you, and the rights of the rest of the country better. No political candidate is a saint, it’s why the whole political system is a shit show. You have to look inside yourself and realize what is at stake, whose protection is at stake. You could also vote for a third party and even goes as far as running yourself next time around!

I Don’t Know Anything About the Candidates

This reason for not voting is in my eyes, unacceptable. I’m not telling you to eat, sleep and breathe the election because I don’t think that’s healthy. (however, I understand that I have the privilege of not having to eat, sleep and breathe it. I’m a straight white woman, my existence isn’t being attacked on a daily basis…a lot of people aren’t that lucky.) There are so many resources to learn about who is running. We all walk around with a mini computer in our hands daily, you can easily google the candidates and learn about them. Again, it’s apart of your civic duty to know a little something about who you want to be representing you.

I Don’t Know My Polling Station

Remember the handy tool called Google I mentioned above? It can easily tell you where you go to vote. If you go to Rockthevote.org you can enter your address and it’ll tell you your polling station. I’m sure other countries have something just like this, and all you have to do is google how to figure it out. It’s so simple a monkey could do it.

I Don’t Have Time to Vote

In America, most polling stations are open until 7/8pm and they open at 6am. I’m sure you can find time in those hours to vote, and if you can’t some states even offer early voting. You can also send in absentee ballots if you aren’t going to be in your registered state on the day of the election. One thing our system has done well, is make it so easily accessible to vote because it’s SO important.

As a millennial I understand just how much people are counting on us to not vote yet, we are the ones directly affected! Things like healthcare, living wages and gun control directly affect me and ALL OF US. I’m still on my parents healthcare but soon I won’t be, soon I won’t be living at home and will need to be able to support myself. Currently in Pennsylvania the minimum wage is 7.50USD which is impossible to live on. I was lucky enough to go to college, so I can get a job that has a salary but even those wages are hard to not live paycheck to paycheck. Don’t even get me started on student loans, personally my student loans are chump change but many people don’t have that luxury. The wages we are earning at our jobs don’t cover the cost of living and allow us to succeed. Personally, I have friends with children, friends who are teachers..school shooting and gun control are at the forefront of what needs to be addressed. There have been WAY to many acts of gun violence in the US this year alone and it needs to change. Things like Climate Change, affects the earth I grow old in. It doesn’t affect the ones who are already old, we get one shot at Earth and we are killing it. Not only by how we treat it but by who we have in office and the programs we have in place to protect the Earth.

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Things are so divided and it’s only sending us backwards. Remember to vote for humanity. Understand the power in your voice and support the minorities that aren’t getting treated properly. Understand the privilege you have to be able to have a say in who runs the country you live in, some countries still don’t have that. A Democracy can only work, when we work together. We can only work together when we get out and use our voices and VOTE. With all the unspeakable things going on in our world right now, using your right to vote is more important than ever. Like I said earlier, change only happens when you do your part. If you are from America like me, remember to get out and vote tomorrow. Thank you for stopping by, until next time…

Be Nice. Be Good.

Mich. x

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20 thoughts on “Vote. The Importance Of Using Your Voice

  1. This is a really interesting post Mich. I love the comment you made about instead of tweeting about how much you hate the current state of affairs, go and vote instead. That is so true and a much better use of time. You never know how your vote can make a difference. That is such a good point that there are no excuses, even if you don’t know much about the candidates, a quick Google search can educate. Thank you for sharing, great post and very good points <3 xx

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  2. This is a great post, I’m from the UK but elections are so important. I often see so many people moaning about who’s in charge, or what’s not being done etc and then they don’t even go out to vote! Such an important topic and like you said, not everyone gets the privilege to vote and have your own say so if you have why waste that opportunity? Great post!

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

    1. thank you!! it’s totally fair to be upset about what’s not getting done but you definitely then need to do your part in changing it and if the only thing you can do is vote then that’s what you need to do! x

  3. Hi Michelle! I love your can do attitude! Voting might not seem like a big deal on an individual level but imagine if everybody thought like that, and then nobody actually voted? We all have a part to play and a voice that is deserving of expression. Thank you for encouraging everybody to do their bit, both for themselves and to help others.
    xoxo
    Hanna Rose
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    1. i love this comment, thank you. you hit the nail on the head by saying it might not be a big deal individually but if everyone had that attitude nothing would get done. it’s so important to remember it’s bigger than just you or me, it’s about all of us x

  4. I’m not in the US so I don’t actually know anything about the elections you’re having but all your points are so true and ring true with the elections we have in the UK too. Lots of people don’t vote for all of the reasons you mentioned but every vote does count and even if the result doesn’t go the way you want, at least you know you did your bit xxx

  5. This is such an important post! I think most of the world knows about it when you have elections in the US though so even though we don’t have any right now, I can still follow. Our last election left me in a tricky spot, I hated the candidate for my party of choice but didn’t believe in the overall beliefs of the other parties. I almost didn’t vote and can totally understand why some people don’t if they don’t like any candidates. It’s so important though! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    1. I think in normal circumstance I would understand that but with one party having much more control than the other like it was in the US, I think then you have to vote for the lesser of two evils…it can definitely be tricky though to know what you should do and i completely understand the struggles in it xx

  6. Thank you for talking about this issue on your blog! I think it’s such an important one to raise discussions on. I’ve definitely heard people use these reasons before but most of the time, there is a way around these. I completely agree with everything you said. Great post!

  7. Brilliant, inspiring post Mich and you’ve absolutely hit the nail on the head! It’s SO important to vote and it angers me when people don’t. My Dad almost didn’t vote in the last UK election until I had a go at him. I reminded him that as a husband and a father of THREE daughters, women actually died in the past for the right to vote and that he owed it to us to do it… think that did the trick 😉

    I truly hope the US gets a good outcome from this. The UK government is a total shit show right now too so I completely sympathise xxx

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    1. Things didn’t turn out as well as I would have hoped but could have been much worse. I think it gets difficult when one party has too much control defeats the purpose of a democracy x

  8. Great post! I’m not in the US so I’m not really sure what is going on for you at the moment, but it definitely is important to vote. It is really important to do your research though – I feel like sometimes people don’t seem to and use that as an excuse not to vote.

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

  9. This is a really interesting post to read, I’m actually from the uk and we have had a few elections in the last couple of years and it really is so important to vote. You have explained this post so well, great post xx

    1. yes they do!! some of the races were extremely close that if only 100 more people voted we’d have a totally different outcome. it’s crazy to think how quickly our voice add up! xx

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