Election Day is right around the corner (Tuesday, November 6) and, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably been bombarded with political ads; everything from judges to school boards members to senators to the president. Politics is something that not everyone is into but that effects everyone. If you are on the fence about voting this year, take a minute to read the points below, you may be surprised by what you find!
1) Sweet sticker - When you vote, you are given a pretty awesome “I voted” sticker. This is something you can wear with pride all day. Put it in a noticeable place on your shirt, put your head up and walk around knowing you made a difference on Election Day. Restaurants, retail and even grocery stores in your area may be running specials only for people with this fashionable sticker. Watch our Facebook and Twitter pages; we’ll be posting the deals we find on November 6.
2) A feeling of accomplishment - Voting gives you something extra to be proud of, regardless of what happens that day – getting gum in your hair, spilling coffee all over yourself or hitting every red light. By doing your duty as a citizen, you’ll feel that that the day wasn’t a total bust.
3) Think of yourself at 17 - Remember when you were just too young to vote? Don’t let your 17-year-old self down this year, take advantage of being at a legal age to vote!
4) Having your voice heard - Voting is important; your representatives are your voice in the government. While the presidential election is getting most of the focus, don’t forget about all of the other races going on in your district. These people will be fighting for you and your family, and you will want to do everything in your power to get your favorite elected.
5) Because you’re American - Democracy is the foundation of this country and being able to have a say in who runs your locality, country and state is something that not everyone gets to do. Even if you are convinced that your vote won’t matter, vote because it’s a right you have as a citizen, one that not everyone has the privilege of knowing.
Think you can’t vote because you haven’t been following the race? Think again! While the voting is only a few days away, you can still brush up on all the candidates. Do a quick Internet search for all of the races going on in your area and look over each of them. You may not even realize that a candidate or issue you are passionate about is up for vote!