🏛🗳 REACH out and VOTE 🗳🏛 The UnifiEd Student Voice Team Blog About Voting
As we approach the November election, I am reminded daily of something that I have known for much of my life: I won’t be old enough to vote in the 2020 election. Ever since I learned the voting...
age, I have known this. But I never imagined just how frustrating it would feel or how important voting could be. Even though I will not be able to vote for this election, I’m still actively participating in the democratic process. I’m encouraging my friends to register to vote, vote in the election, and sign up to be poll workers. I’ve been thinking about signing up to work the polls since before the pandemic in February. Now that I’ve seen the precautions being taken for poll workers’ safety and seen the need for poll workers that we are experiencing, I decided that I needed and wanted to work the polls. My mom and I signed up to work the polls this weekend, and I could not be more excited.
I’ve always been excited to be able to vote for as long as I can remember. The idea of making my voice heard in the selection of our government was always fascinating to me. I've never been a fan of the idea of party politics. Looking at an individual candidate and their beliefs has always been my understanding of how an election should work. When we learned about the government structure in elementary school, we were told that the people elected a person who would fight for their beliefs. I do not believe in voting for someone merely because they are the candidate for your party. I believe in voting for someone because they will fight for the issues you care about and create positive change in our society and communities. In my mind, to neglect your responsibility to vote is to neglect your community’s needs, neglect your own ideals for the future, and neglect the need for democracy.
I find voting so vital that I want to honor the people who had to fight for my right to vote. For me, as a white woman, that is the Suffragettes and members of the women’s suffrage movement. 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of white women having the right to vote. It’s crazy to think that my great-grandmother was not born with the right to vote. Everyone in the United States has someone that fought for their right to vote. Whether it was a founding father, a Suffragette, or a Civil Rights Activist, those people deserve us to honor them and continue to use our right to vote. If honoring historical figures isn’t your thing, your peers deserve you to vote and continue fighting for your community.
At the end of the day, it’s simple to vote and it makes a significant impact. If you are worried about rain, the time commitment, or crowds, EARLY VOTE. Early voting takes place October 14th - October 29th. Since there is a more extended period of time to vote, there are usually fewer people voting at any given time. Even if you aren’t old enough to vote, it is still essential to be involved in the democratic process by getting your friends and family to vote. It’s also really important to work the polls, right now young people are the best chance that we have to continue the democratic process. So, I hope that you will REACH out and VOTE!