If you’re able to vote and you can access polling stations in your area, but you aren’t planning on voting on November 6, then WTF are you doing? Beyond whatever is happening with the celebrity political dichotomy, there are insurmountable headlines—in this past week alone—that should sway you to vote. Granted, the
fact that we might have as few as 12 years to actually give a sh*t about the constant decay of our environment before it’s physically impossible for Earth to sustain life most recent UN climate change report should be reason enough for you to vote.
Flippantly voting in the upcoming midterm congressional, local and state elections isn’t enough. And researching your current local candidates might not be enough either, seeing as candidates don’t live inside a vacuum if your state or city has a track record of confirming officials who don’t really do anything to proactive support and help your area. Thankfully, Oni Press created Draw Out the Vote to help you navigate the complex voting history in your state.
According to USA Today, younger US citizens aren’t pumped to vote, which is worrisome considering midterms are next month. Sure, it might be the same publication that gave the president a platform to do some pre-midterms fear-mongering, but young US citizens’ lack of enthusiasm could mean that fewer college-aged American might vote.
So how can you help motivate your friends to vote? Talk to them. You don’t have to divulge into every single political platform, but encouraging your friends and peers to vote is the first step to The next critical step, is educating yourself and your friends about voting itself and part of that is reviewing the historical significance of voting in the US and specific states.
The comic campaign behind Draw Out the Vote helps voters focus on some of the critical moments in US voting history.
In Florida specifically—you know, the state that can never make up its mind come election day, the comic panels describe Florida’s convoluted history of voting laws and county-wide ballot changes. In Palm Beach County specifically, the supervisor of elections increased the font size. While this helped with accessibility for people who could actually access polling locations, it ended up nullifying a lot of ballots because thousands of people misplaced their vote. (Seeing as you can’t really put two candidates on the same line and expect election officials to psionically know which candidate intended on selecting.)
Aside from admiring the gorgeous panels while your verse yourself on your state’s electoral history, Draw Out the Vote can help you understand how imperative it is to vote. After all, voting for candidates that don’t just benefit you but also benefit your community (both locally and nationally) can innately change history. Voting itself allows you and your community to be represented, so that candidates can hopefully do something about the issues that impact everyone (you know, like health care and climate change).
Draw Out the Vote doesn’t just give you a wealth of knowledge about voting history and the importance of voting itself, it also offers resources on how to register to vote in each state, how to update your registration status, and what information you need to make sure you’re good to go out there and vote on Nov. 6.
Voluntarily forfeiting your vote—and if you’re subjected to inaccessible polling stations in your area or any other form of voter suppression, we don’t consider that withdrawing your vote—in the upcoming elections doesn’t just influence who will be your next representative, while simultaneously nullifying your voice on that rep. It can ultimately determine what political issues hold the most power in the Senate and the House. The upcoming midterm elections determine the feat of 33 US Senates seats and 435 US House position.