By Stephen Harris for the United Way of Hunterdon County
Voting Matters. With less than a week before Election Day, many have already mailed in/dropped off their 2020 General Election vote. Some people may be waiting to vote in person at one of the polling stations. To these people, you get it. Voting is important. However, undoubtedly there are a few people that do not plan to vote or are undecided if they are going to take advantage of this right as a citizen. This blog is written for you.
The law does not require you to vote, but voting is an especially important part of any democracy. When you vote, you become an active participant in the democratic process. We know you have heard this many times - voting is a privilege of being a citizen of this country. If that isn’t reason enough for you here are a few more good reasons to vote:
Elections have Consequences:
“You have the power to decide on the quality of life you want for yourself and future generations. Voting is your chance to stand up for the issues you care about like public transportation, health care options or funding local schools. This is your life: take the time to help decide what is best.” 1
If you Don’t vote, Others Will in Your Place:
“Elections are decided by the people who go out and vote. Take some time and learn about the measures and the candidates. If you don’t vote, someone else will make the decision for you. Your power is in your vote.” 1
For the younger people eligible to vote, this quote from Dwight D. Eisenhower never was as relevant as now. “The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.”
In 2016, there was a decline in younger voter participation in 2016 from a record 52% for the 2008 election” 2. Now, more than ever, younger people have about as much influence as older Americans. For young people, this is your chance to decide the direction of the county that you will inherit.
It’s Your Money:
“You pay taxes, but do you know how that money is being used? Most people don’t. Voting is your chance to choose how your tax dollars are spent – such as funding for health care and social services. “ 1
Voting is an Opportunity for Change:
“Do you want to make a positive impact? Voting gives you that chance! Support the candidates and ballot measures that can help your community, state, and even the nation for the greater good. Make your voice heard in these elections. “ 1
Your Community Depends on Your Vote:
“Our communities are made up of friends, loved ones, neighbors, and children. Some may not know how important voting is, while others don’t have the privilege yet. Make the decision to vote for yourself and those around you. “ 1
In Hunterdon County, voting is easy, especially during the pandemic, with convenient drop off boxes. “You've got to vote, vote, vote, vote. That's it; that's the way we move forward. That's how we make progress for ourselves and for our country.” Michelle Obama
Voting Matter – just do it! Thank You!