#OneVoteMatters: Why Mason Women Are Voting This Year

With our current administration, many women are fired up and ready to make change. The best way to do this? Voting. So why are Mason women voting this year? Read their statements below.

“I’m voting so that my future daughter will have reproductive rights.” -Katie Heiman, senior

“People think their vote doesn’t matter but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I vote because I know nothing will change otherwise.” -Maddie Portnoy, freshman

“I’ve been following politics since Obama’s campaigns when I was 8 years old and I’m now a Government and International Politics major. I’ve always baffled about how so many Americans took for granted the rights and opportunities that we have to freely influence our government by either not voting or voting without being educated on what they’re voting on. Many years ago I promised myself that I would vote in every election, — no matter how big or small it is — fully research the issues at hand, and develop opinions that don’t necessarily fall along partisan lines. I refuse to let my voice go to waste by being silent.” -Chloe Fischer, freshman

“I'm voting for the trees, the disenfranchised, and the youth who can't wait around for change.” -Sophie Chapman, freshman

“I vote because I am fortunate enough to be able to when many people around the world cannot. I vote to have my voice heard and make a difference.” -Kaelyn Cook, senior

“I am voting this year not just because it is my right, but because it is my privilege to enact change in my country. My voice matters, my vote matters. It may seem like a small act for many, but to me it is one of the most important things I can do in life. I vote so that tomorrow will be better than today and so that the people in charge can reflect that desire, for all people living in this country. And I vote for all those who can’t, so that they too may have a better tomorrow.” -Savannah Martincic, freshman

“I'm voting this year because I can! It was so frustrating that I couldn't vote in the 2016 election. I want to take full advantage of my rights, and make sure my interests are represented in Congress. Also, as a voter in a red district, I'm hoping that my vote will help it flip." -Sarah Mae Dizon, freshman

“I’m voting because grandfather fought in WWII to help protect that tradition of our freedoms as Americans, especially being able to vote.” -Katie Truitt, sophomore

“I vote to make a difference for the immigrants who call this place their home. The future of this country impacts them just as much as citizens, yet they have no voice in the matter.” -Sarah Lemons Larios, sophomore

“Nothing’s going to improve if you just sit there, hoping for things to change. For change to happen, you have to be a part of the change.” -Marina Li, freshman

“I am voting to get as many people who share my views in office as possible. I have a voice and I have the privilege to be able to use it. Voting is such a small act but can have a tremendous impact on the future of our country. I am voting because I want higher education to be more affordable for myself and everyone in my generation who is seeking it. I am voting so that every woman has the right to choose what she does with her body. I am voting because we need to make a change.” -Amanda Snead, sophomore

Please remember to get out and vote on November 6th because your voice matters!