Why you need to vote in this election

If you want things to change, vote Nov. 3rd...or forever hold your peace.

Alright — we’re only a few days away from the Nov. 3rd election, and if you haven’t voted already, what are you waiting for?

It’s especially important for you to vote if you’re a person of color, a woman, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, have pre-existing conditions or a chronic illness, know someone who’s an immigrant, etc.

To say this upcoming election is one of the most important we’ve had in years isn’t hyperbole. Too much is on the line — the right to quality health care, the right the decide what to do with our bodies, how to handle the coronavirus pandemic, social justice and racial equality. How can you sit back and watch everything that has happened this past year and be confused as to whether or not you should vote? How can you show up to protest to say Black Lives Matter yet refuse to show up to the polls?

Yeah, voting isn’t the one-size-fits-all solution everybody wants to tackle the problems facing this country. That way of thinking is unrealistic. Systematic racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, etc. are wide-spread, deeply rooted issues that have been left unchecked for centuries. They need to be attacked from multiple angles, with a variety of different weapons and voting is one of them.

Nobody wants to hear  “I didn’t vote because it doesn’t change anything”, “Our vote doesn’t matter” or “One vote won’t change anything” because you’re wrong. Your vote does matter and one vote can hold a lot of power. It gives us the power to remove politicians, judges, prosecutors and district attorneys who have failed us and replace them with people who will represent us and our values. It gives us the power to elect officials who are not afraid to give the status quo the middle finger and do whatever it takes to turn things around. Voting is one of the most effective methods to invoke change.

If you live in a state that allows you to vote early, go do it as soon as possible.

If you have a mail-in ballot, drop it off at your county’s Board of Elections.

If you decide to vote at the polls, please remember to wear a mask, social distance — hell, rent a Hazmat suit if you can get your hands on one.

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who don’t vote – George Jean Nathan