Why Vote?



BY KATIE MARSH

I took a stroll through my Facebook history and in 2012, I wrote a post that said, “For me—this election has been about choosing between the lesser of the two evils, but nonetheless, my vote has been cast. Make sure yours is, too.”

Four years later…well, never mind. This article isn’t about my political preferences. I don’t even like talking about politics, but whether I like them or not—there they are. In your face. Especially if you’re on social media. If your Facebook newsfeed is anything like mine, every other post is about politics. The 2016 Olympics were a relief to me…where the 2016 political debate was temporarily put aside to discuss green swimming pools and whether Michael Phelps would need to buy a new suitcase to carry home all of his medals. Whether you’re anti-Donald/pro-Donald, anti-Hillary/pro-Hillary—it seems everyone has an opinion. But while we all have opinions, are we all exercising our right to VOTE for our choices?

When you don’t like either candidate, what do you do? Here are our options:

  1. Don’t vote at all
  2. Coin toss
  3. Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe
  4. Write-in vote
  5. Choosing between the lesser of the two evils

Let’s take a closer look…

Don’t vote at all: To me, this isn’t an option. This is a right, and shame on anyone who doesn’t exercise this right. I have always said, “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain.” And if you don’t exercise your right to have a say in our leadership, then I hope you can keep your mouth shut for four years.

Coin toss or Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe: Your vote is a four-year commitment. While not the same kind of lifetime commitment as marriage, one would hope that grown adults wouldn’t leave this kind of decision to chance.

Write-in vote: If this method worked, I think our country would have voted in Homer Simpson a long time ago.

Choosing the lesser of the evils: Unfortunately, this is probably the best option, especially since a recent Gallup poll shows that 25% of our country doesn’t like either candidate. It’s probably not as difficult as it seems, it just requires a little extra homework. Visit websites like ISideWith.com and 2016Election.ProCon.org to take quizzes to see which candidate you have most in common with… and c’mon…don’t roll your eyes. Surely you have something in common with them. The likelihood that you both like pizza is huge (and if you just said that in a Donald Trump voice, you get MY vote!)

Please make plans to vote. It’s so important. Start thinking now (you don’t have a choice if you’re on Facebook! It’s in your face every time you log in!) Weigh the pros and cons, and if it gets right down to it, choose between the lesser of the two evils. Let’s face it…we are a divided country. I may not agree with you, and you may not agree with me. That’s okay. The Constitution doesn’t say we have to agree with each other. But the beautiful thing about our country is our freedom to choose. Our freedom to speak our mind. Our freedom to elect our leaders.

And if, at the end of The Great American Mud Slinging of 2016, one of four scenarios will happen:

  1. Your candidate was elected. Great. Good for you. You were an important part of the political process. I hope they live up to your expectations.
  2. Your candidate wasn’t elected. At least you still get to complain.
  3. Your candidate was elected, and he or she is failing to live up to all of his/her promises. You now get to gripe about how they let you down.
  4. Finally, your candidate isn’t elected, and the competition wins and doesn’t live up to all of his/her promises. Not only do you get to gripe, but you also get to say, “I told you so.”

 


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