If you live in the United States, you’re most likely going to be voting today - or you’ve already voted by mail or absentee ballot, in which case, good for you!
But most of us are heading to the polls today and perhaps haven’t made our final decisions, especially for elections that are less prominent than the presidential one that’s been dominating the news cycle for what seems like several years now.
In which case, you should probably check out BallotReady.com, which has great rundowns of all your local candidates from both parties, and supplies all of the info with a decidedly nonpartisan bent. Perfect for both the undecided and the under-informed!
Your Vote Counts.
Even if you’re 99.9% sure that your presidential vote won’t make a difference - for instance, if you live in a solidly red or blue state - you still have local, state, and congressional elections to consider. Besides, you really never know how much your vote might actually matter (remember the "hanging chad" debacle in Florida in 2000). There’s been enough craziness in this election to ensure that even if you think your state is a lock for either party, things could change overnight. Even third party votes are important if you can’t bring yourself to vote for either of the two main candidates.
What might be more important is the knowledge that by voting, you’re actively participating in choosing our next group of leaders, and perhaps teaching your kids and the next generation about the importance of democracy as well as how it works. Set a good example for them.
And remember that generations of Americans have struggled for the right to vote - and the ability to democratically choose one’s leaders is hardly a worldwide guarantee. So get out there and exercise your constitutional right, and don’t take it for granted and get out there and vote tomorrow!