“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Ahh, the so-called “life motto” and Instagram bio of millions of young women and men all across the US. Though, out of all these young Ghandi wannabes, I can guarantee the majority won’t actually do the ONE important thing they have the right and ability to do to “be” that change they supposedly want to see in the world… VOTE.
Yes, I get it. I can totally relate to the above. I was that 18 year old that didn’t believe my vote mattered. I remember telling my dad and sister over dinner one night, that I NEVER planned on voting. They said, “Ok, but that takes away any right you have to complain.” At the time, I was totally ok with that. I wasn’t politically aware enough to complain about anything anyway. All I did know was politics was messy and I didn’t want to be a part of it. But, each year that I got older, I started to become more politically aware and form opinions on political issues; the environment, human rights, the economy, healthcare, the list goes on. So when I was 21, I registered and voted in my FIRST election, because these things really started to effect me and I wasn’t going to stand by and not at least TRY to change things or keep them the same.
Warning I’m about to get really real with you….
Millions of “millennials” (a term I personally hate to use, but for the sake of this post, I will) have the ability to vote and are even registered to vote, but don’t. And ya know what?! If you have the ability to register and vote and you don’t, it’s simply because you’re L A Z Y! (I warned you I was about to get real…) People can come up with more excuses of why they don’t, won’t, or can’t vote then the number of people who actually vote…
- “I’m not registered.”
- “I don’t know how to register.”
- “I don’t know where to go to vote.”
- “I don’t know anything about any of the candidates.”
- “Who even are the candidates?”
- “My vote doesn’t matter.”
- “Me not voting isn’t going to affect anything.”
- “I don’t have the time.”
- “What even are the poll hours?”
- “I don’t know how to actually vote.”
- “What am I suppose to do with my kids, I don’t have anyone to watch them just so I can go vote”
These excuses are ALL BS and you know it! We live in a world where we spend multiply hours, if not nearly our whole awake day, looking at a phone, laptop, iPad, computer and you’re telling me you can’t take 20 minutes to look up how to register and do it, or look up where to vote, the options of how to vote (absentee, early, Election Day) or the candidates and their platforms? That’s LAZY!! All I’m saying is if you can take the time to vote on Instagram story polls, you can take the time to vote on a real poll.
So, if you’re still reading this and everything I’ve said so far hasn’t gotten through to you, I have one more thing I want you to think about:
Think about the fact that you probably went your whole adolescent life having your parents, or whoever took care of you, tell you what you can and can’t do, say, believe and you hated it! Am I right?! And you couldn’t wait to be an adult so you could make your own decisions… I was right again, huh? So my point is, you’re an adult now, why are you still letting them be the majority to control, not only things that impact you, but our whole country??
At this point you probably think I’m just some crazy, rude, ranting chick that called you lazy, let me try to end this on a positive note… Voting is one of the best feelings! I can’t really explain it, but there is a sense of pride after you vote and that’s why I’m writing this because election day is November 6 (4 DAYS AWAY) and I want to remind you that your vote is IMPORTANT and your vote DOES matter and you NEED to voice it!
It’s time to actually, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi
I Am A Voter: Great resources and information or Text VOTER to 26797.
Ballotpedia: Enter your home address to see what your sample ballot will look like, candidates in your district, and more!
Facebook is also a GREAT source for elections! Go to the “3 lines” icon in the bottom right corner, click “See More” and click “2018 Election.” Mine already had my home address listed, but you can edit it if it is not correct. This will give you the ability to look at all the candidates and learn more about them.