I voted in the US midterm elections this morning. For me, that’s not that big a deal, and yet at the same time, it’s a huge deal!
Did you know that at least 70 countries do not have free elections? And quite a number of countries that allow elections actually are places where the elections are rigged, where voter suppression runs rampant, and where people have to risk their lives for their right to vote!!
Unfortunately, the United States is one of those countries! I’m sure you heard that in Georgia, approximately 850,000 registered voters were wiped off the voting register. Yup, you read that right! Ohio had over a million voters who were in jeopardy of not being allowed to vote!! And guess what? Georgia and Ohio were not the only States to do that, either. How can they be allowed to do that, you ask? Because these people who were wiped from the register hadn’t voted in the last general election. Sadly, in this country, just because you have the right to vote doesn’t mean you will be able to do so, if you chose not to in the past. The Supreme Court rule in June of this year that it was legal for States to cull people off their voting rolls.
So, why didn’t people vote in the last election? Well, I don’t think they realized that not voting could put future voting in danger.
I read that only 46% of Millennials voted in 2016. The lowest percentage of any generation who were of voting age. Why? What I heard was that they felt that Hillary stole the nomination from Bernie. So they basically boycotted the election.
Yeah, for a generation that is supposed to be so smart and so enlightened and so engaged, that’s really pretty darn stupid! Not voting doesn’t mean that you’re making a statement. It means that your voice isn’t heard at all!
Well, it’s the midterm elections. It’s been 2 years of dealing with the consequences of the “stand” you took. Two years of executive orders, laws passed and a Supreme Court Justice being appointed. Two years that will have ramifications for years and years to come!! What do you think of not voting now?
But Millennials aren’t the only ones. They were far from being alone in their decision to avoid the voting booths. Actually, only 58% of ALL Americans who were eligible to vote actually did that in 2016! More than half, yes, but seriously, that’s …. well, there’s no other word for it than PATHETIC!!
The excuses I’ve heard range from being too busy, to saying that their state always goes to *insert political party*, so they don’t need to vote, to a whole host of other ridiculous reasons!!
If you are lucky enough to live in a country that allows you to have a vote, don’t squander that right! If you didn’t vote this year, make yourself and your country a promise that you will vote in the next election!
Don’t like either Candidate? (or any Candidate, if we ever get to more than just the two parties to be taken seriously) Then research both and choose the one you dislike less. But make sure you make a choice!! If not, your voice may end up being silenced for good!!