For those of you who are US citizens, today is election day. It is a midterm election which in the past have shown to have embarrassing small turnouts. So I decided to write a post today asking if you are registered to vote, please go out and vote.
I’m not going to tell you who to vote for – that is your own choice and responsibility.
The average turn-out for a midterm election is 40% according to Fairvote.com. That is less than half the population that is eligible to vote. It’s even less for elections that are purely local or primaries. Being involved in your government is the first tool to making a change in the government.
Imagine that you are having a pizza party and there are ten people. Four people get together and decide that the pizza is going to have sardines and pineapple. They asked everyone but 6 people decided to not participate in the choosing of toppings. That is what is happening during midterm elections. Only 4 of those ten people able to have a say are actually putting any input in. Most Presidential elections are only having 60% which is still embarrassing low.
Do not let your government be that way. Please vote today, and have a say in your local offices as well as federal. Local is even more important then federal as it is most likely to affect you personally as well as many of the future federal politicians will seek local positions first on their way to Washington. Choose good people to lay the foundation of the future.
Right now anyone over the age of 18 can register to vote. It was not always that way. Women and minorities have had to fight a long battle to gain the vote. We should all appreciate that fight and use our right to vote.
There are many online resources to help you find out where you can vote and how long the polls will be open. In particular there is Vote.org which has information about your rights as a voter and also can help you find your local polling place.