If you have the right to vote, it is important that you vote. There was a time in our country when many of us were not allowed to vote. Laws were passed that explicitly barred people from voting. Some people were killed because they wanted to exercise their right to vote. Our foremothers and forefathers understood that voting gave them the ability to make decisions about human rights, the environment, foreign policy, the economy, education, and taxes. They knew that if their perspective wasn’t heard, their community could head in a direction that was contrary to their ability to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Voting is a part of our independence as citizens. When you don’t vote, you are letting someone else make major decisions for you. Voting is one of the few instances in life where we are all equal. The richest among us and the poorest among us each have only one vote. Not exercising your right to vote is not an act of defiance, but rather an act of surrender. I encourage you to inform your community about your opinion and vote!