With the November election less than a couple of months away, many aren’t sure of whether or not they should vote. Here are 5 reasons why you need to vote in the upcoming election.
1. The greater the turn out, the more representative the result.
According to the Huffington Post,
“Nearly 80 percent of people with yearly incomes of $75,000 or higher voted in the 2012 election, compared to just 60 percent of those earning less than $50,000 a year. By age, voter participation of older Americans eclipses that of those under 30.
To be sure, all voters turn out less during the midterms. Twenty-nine percent less white people voted in 2014 than voted in 2012, according to a September analysis by the progressive think tank Demos. But over the same period, there was a 40 percent drop-off in African-American turnout, a 43 percent drop-off in Asian-American turnout and a 44 percent drop-off in Latino turnout.”
If more people come out to vote during an election, it means that more of the country will be represented in the election’s result. This is the way that democracy is supposed to function and we should certainly strive to uphold it.
2. The margin of victory matters.
Even if a candidate is destined to win by a landslide, voters have the ability to effect their margin of victory. Doing so can have an effect on the candidate’s obligation to remain accountable to more voters — effectively encouraging them to support and promote more moderate policies in an effort to secure their re-eleciton.
3. If you don’t vote for your own interests, who will?
4. Because this happened in Florida in 2000. And we all still remember it all too well.
5. A protest vote is not a vote — not in this election. This is not an election where the two frontrunners are unpopular. This is an election between a highly qualified candidate who happens to be unpopular, and a highly dangerous, know nothing (and unwilling to learn), bigoted candidate who is being controlled by fringe elements in our country.