Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Voting is one of the foundational privileges that every American has and the right has been given to them to do so. The American citizen has the authority to vote their values in each election every 2 to 4 years. Often, we deprive ourselves of that right not making the time or taking the energy to go out and put in our two cents into the government.
Reason 1. Voting in the Off Years is Vital to our Government. Often, citizens do not vote in the elections that do not have anything to do with the President of the United States. The problem with is that the President is only 1/3 of the governmental body and only makes certain decisions whereas the House and Senate vote on certain laws to be passed. If you only vote for one office, you neglect the others.
Reason 2. You Cannot Complain if You Don’t Vote. The conversation is a one-sided conversation when it comes to our democracy if you don’t vote. You lose the opportunity to voice your opinion about what matters to you. Sure, it may not matter to you right now. But there will come a time when you will look at your paycheck in disgust when you see how much is taken out or when you look at the property tax bill and wonder where in the world all that money is going.
Reason 3. Every Vote Counts. Really. In the election of 1876, it was a highly contentious race where it came down to literally one vote. Democrat Samuel Tilden and Republican Rutherford B. Hayes were running for President of the United States. The final result was a political and legal fight in the court where 20 electoral votes were disputed which threw the election in the air. If Rutherford B Hayes got the 20 votes, he would win by 1 vote. If Samuel Tilden got them, he would win uncontested. At the end of the legal battle, Hayes won by 1 vote. Though this is a rarity, the point is that every vote counts.
At the end of the day, our votes count in every election. There are plenty of people in the world that do not have the free right to vote. Get out and vote to show the world that your vote matters!