The Presidential Primaries are currently in full swing! Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, and John Kasich have been campaigning ferociously from the Republican Party. Furthermore, the latest polls show Democratic Party hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders being pretty neck-in-neck. This election determines the future of this county in social justice issues, foreign policy, the economy, the environment, and a myriad of other different ways. In 2012, Statistic Brain reported that 218,959,000 people were eligible to vote, and yet, only 57.5% voted! There are so many reasons why it is imperative that people vote this election season, but here are just a few.
The Right to Vote Was Not Always a Right Given to Many
Equal and fair suffrage has existed in the United States for less than a hundred years! In fact, the Voting Rights Act was not implemented until 1965! That means that people of color have only had protected voting rights for fifty-one years! Our grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and neighbors have been fighting for their rights for centuries in this country, and even around the world! Honor their hard work and their dedication and VOTE!
A Reason to Complain
A lot of individuals complain about the happenings of this country. I believe that individuals do not have the right to complain about their country’s policies unless they are partaking in local, state, and federal elections. If you are not taking the time to vote, you cannot ever mope.
Abstaining/Writing-In is Voting, too!
Not satisfied? No problem! Sometimes, there are not any candidates that can impress you or convince you enough to vote for them! Abstaining is a way to send an extremely powerful and critical message towards the government. By abstaining a vote, an individual can express their distaste towards the election process. This allows you to practice your rights and still make a difference.
Please vote lovely readers!!! HCNDXO!