4 Reasons to Vote, Even When There’s No Presidential Candidate on the Ballot

by Ginger on November 1, 2010

in Random

Two years ago, I wrote a post entitled “Top 5 Excuses for Not Voting on November 4th” that  has, since that day two years ago, remained one of the top 10  search terms to my blog every single week (“reasons for not voting”). Every. Single. Week. For two years.

That post was kind of a snarky take on why people don’t vote. Here we are two years later, on the eve of the midterm elections, and I feel compelled to write another post on voting. I know that most of my readers are incredibly civic minded based on the conversations we have here and elsewhere, but I still feel the need to make this list of reasons you SHOULD vote in EVERY election (even the ones that don’t have a president on the ballot).

1. For all our focus on the president, the reality is that local and state politics will affect *most* of us more on a day to day level than federal politics. So while midterm elections may not be as glamorous as the “big” election every 4 years, they are hugely important to your daily life.

2. While there may be no “President” bubble to fill on the ballot this year, the reality is that the names that ARE on the ballot can change how things happen (or don’t) at the federal level. You want to change Washington? The president isn’t the only way to do that.

3. You drive on roads, and you go to parks, and you pay taxes in your city and state (or don’t). Your children attend schools, and you get pulled over by cops (oh, wait…), and you rely on your local firefighters to do their jobs. This is your chance to have a say in how those services run and work. It’s not a perfect system, by any means, but it’s one of the few ways you have to participate.

4. You want your voice heard? You don’t like how things are going? The ONLY way you’ll ever convince politicians to take seriously the things you think are important is to start telling them you think it’s important. And voting is the start.

I won’t say I’m at all perfect about this stuff. I vote, but often educate myself about the ballot iniatives and candidate RIGHT before I’m going to vote. But as I grow older, I find myself learning how important EVERY election, and every ballot iniative can be to my life. I strive to be better, but the least, the absolute LEAST I can do?


As always, more lists can be found over at Anna’s at abdpbt!

clara November 1, 2010 at 9:17 pm

I love voting. Love love love it. In Canada we don’t get to vote as often as you, or maybe we do but not with any regularity. Lately, my candidates never seem to win, as we are stuck in some Conservative mineshaft, but I do vote, for all the reasons you list.

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