We cannot afford for you to stay silent.
In life you must know when it is the appropriate time to speak up; when it is the correct time to share your perspective and join the process. For many Americans, it seems as voting is a right we take for granted far more than we should. In fact, for a long time in the United States, only white, property-owning men could vote. African-Americans were given the right to vote in 1870 yet were blockaded from exercising that right for many years, until the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965. The first country to allow women to vote was New Zealand in 1893. The United States didn’t allow women to vote until 1920, 80 years after people began working for the cause. It is easy to forget that people dedicated their lives to these battles, as we live in a world where such blatant inequality seems impossible. But we only have this mindset because some people gave everything in the name of suffrage.
So, after our long history of working towards having the right to vote, why stay silent now? Information is at your fingertips and barriers have ceased to be an excuse in so many ways. In fact, there are a variety of ways to find out about each candidate. You can watch the news, read the paper, check out online sources, subscribe to a newsletter and follow candidates on social media. Just like everything else in life, if you want to know you can find out. Just remember, the future of our elections impacts us all and we need you to participate. It is the one thing, outside of your job, paying your bills, and taking care of your family and friends, that I would say is an obligation. Just like all of the things mentioned, there are consequences to you not participating and voting.
I encourage you to find your voice and exercise your right. Use your muscle, your vote! Primary elections are going on now. See the schedule below. Voting is a right that must be exercised. Don’t be the person who complains about the results, even though you didn’t do what you could to sway them. Politics are politics, and there will always be things with which you disagree, but at the end of the day, it is our duty as citizens to let our voices be heard and vote.
Primary dates and filing deadlines, 2018
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