This political post won’t discuss which candidate is better than the other. It won’t discuss which party is better than the other. The only reason I’m writing this post is to make sure that people vote.
Silly right? All you see on TV and social media is “go vote!” But my fear is that with more people voting early, or voting by mail, the people who are on the fence may decide their vote does not matter and won’t vote. Guess what- every vote matters.
Ignore the news as it pertains to early voting results – everything changes. Even on election night – ignore the early results. Go to the polls and vote. Please.
Do not worry if you think your vote will not help your individual candidate -it will. Do not think for one minute that one singular vote in any major election is worthless – even if you vote for someone who may not be in the lead. Who cares. Vote anyway.
Yes, there is a lot at stake in our national elections. However, we have just as much to lose or gain in our local elections. Get informed…even just a little bit…and vote. Vote for something you believe in, someone who seems to speak to you or vote for the lesser of two evils. Get. Out. And. Vote.
If you aren’t sure who or what to vote for I did a quick Google search and found a few helpful websites you can use to research.
usa.gov – It is a short site but offers links to a voter guide (you enter your home address and you can see everything on your local ballot). It has sample ballots and information about what you can and cannot bring with you to your polling station.
Lifehacker – The link takes you to an article from 2016 but all the links are still valid and have been updated for the 2020 elections. Of the 10 links on there, my favorite was Project Vote Smart. You can select which election you want to research, then pick an issue, answer a question and it will show you which candidate is most like you. It only covers Congressional and Presidential elections so you will need to use one of the other links to learn more about local elections. All other links offer great information on a wide variety of voting topics.
You have the links to research. Take 10-15 minutes to read up on the issues and the candidates (or don’t.) Just promise me you will vote. Please do not let long lines or early polling results dissuade you from voting. Get. Out. And. Vote. Every vote matters.