🏛🗳 REACH out and VOTE 🗳🏛 The UnifiEd Student Voice Team Blog About Voting
“If we don’t vote, we are ignoring history and giving away the future” (Pat Mitchell). Being able to vote isn’t just about electing a president; you are voting for more than that. It's about friends, family, and...
the community. Vote for your HOME and planet. Voting is a privilege that everyone should take advantage of. As an advocate who cannot vote yet, I believe everyone should vote for those who are not able to. Advocate for those around you who cannot; amplify their voices. Vote to fix our international relations and to bring soldiers home and prevent unnecessary deaths. Vote to believe and trust in science again. Vote to keep friends and family safe. Vote for your black friends, the lives of immigrants, children, and the choices and rights of women. All of these rights are being compromised every single day, even though they are fundamental human rights. No one should be taking them away. I vote because I believe in common human decency. Vote to prevent children and people from going through horrifying incidents in ICE detention centers, among other situations.
If you are a college student, this election will play a monumental role in the next four years and many years after that. The effects of policies are long-lasting; they are not temporary. One wrong vote could mean the difference between your parents getting a treatment they need versus them dying. Vote for the lives of 200,000 COVID victims and their families that shouldn't have died. They didn't have to…COVID-19 was very easy to prevent by proper enforcement of guidelines. Those people should've been here laughing and having fun with their families.
As a daughter of immigrant parents, I believe that voting is a vital part of our lives. My parents came from India, and my mom became a citizen. She votes every election- national and local-because she knows it is a privilege. She takes advantage of this privilege to make sure that her loved ones are safe. She doesn’t vote based on the sides; instead, she votes based on her family and humanity’s safety. VOTING IS NOT JUST ABOUT ELECTING A PRESIDENT. For this election particularly, you cannot simply vote on which political party you align with. It is a human right crisis, and we have to vote to protect our humanity and our planet.
Even though voting may seem like a small thing on your part, it can make a big difference. Even if you aren’t old enough to vote, it is essential to keep yourself up to date and encourage others to vote. Early voting takes place on October 14th - October 29th. Election day is November 3rd. Go in person if you can. If not, mail in your ballot at least 2-3 weeks before the election date. Request your mail-in ballot through vote.org. Your vote counts!