Voting is the Absolute Least You Can Do to Influence Change

If you do nothing else to engage in politics, please vote.

Here’s a list of reasons to vote and thoughts on voting generally:

  • If you are a single issue voter (gun control, abortion, etc.), consider putting that issue down temporarily and looking wider for presidential elections. Consider single issues for your local government and think broader for national elections.
  • If you don’t want to vote for one of two white men, then look to the Vice Presidential candidates to guide your vote.
  • If you don’t want to vote because there is no one worth voting for, remember that voting is a math problem. Imagine there are 100 registered voters. 50 people definitely want to vote for candidate A, and 30 definitely want to vote for candidate B. 20 registered voters don’t love either candidate and want to make a statement by not voting. The problem is the statement that is being made is not “give us someone better to vote for”. The statement is “I don’t want to vote.” This leads me to the next point-
  • If you have two choices: voting for the lesser of two evils or not voting, it is worth it to be counted for the better candidate.
  • Withholding your vote will not change our current options, and it will not mean that person who wins will have less influence over the laws that govern your life.
  • In the future, we will hopefully have a better way to express our distastes for certain candidates. In the meantime, we need to use the system available to us while also planning for better ways to make our voices heard in the future.

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