Why YOU Should Vote? Practical Reasons That Might Convince YOU!

WHY SHOULD YOU VOTE? DUH!

Right now - more Americans than ever before are asking the question - "WHY Should I VOTE?"

Have you had this type of conversation recently, with someone you know personally?

Sorry, but "why" are we actually having this conversation so publicly in the first place?

Are these excuses not to vote - that we are discussing around the watercooler, our way of excusing each other in some twisted way? Are we trying to make "not" voting "this time" seem like some sort of acceptable choice in itself... empowerment of some crazy kind?

Or maybe we are having this conversation so that we can all attempt to make each other feel okay about our desire to be neglectful?

There you go... I said it!

TO VOTE OR NOT TO VOTE.... DO WE HAVE A VOTE ON THIS?

A Vote For Anyone Is Only A Vote For Hope!

Are we all just lacking a general sense of responsibility lately? After all... we still cannot cast our vote by the click of our mouse.... yet.

Drats!

Is it too much work to think about for some? Meaning... it means you must be somewhat informed, to then cast a responsible vote - or else you are being apathetic - right? Is that what we are allowing ourselves to believe?

Is this the reason that some are thinking of just taking a pass on this election, or pehaps even being irresponsible with their privileged vote?

Frankly - I want to just SCREAM when I hear someone tell me that they are NOT going to vote. Most common excuse for their declaration that they are not going to vote... "they don't like anyone running"!

Now, that is down right LAME!

First of all, it is not my intention to offend anyone by writing about this problem of apathy that is spreading itself rampant right now... but come on people - doesn't all of this, when we think about it - even for for just a minute.... really just sound like some spoiled child whinning?

Hey... choosing NOT to vote, is not trendy. So - don't try it.

LAME EXCUSES NOT TO VOTE...

  • I DON'T HAVE A RIDE TO THE POLLS
  • MY DOG IS SICK
  • EVERYBODY IS DOING IT
  • I'M GOING ON VACATION AND WILL BE OUT OF THE COUNTRY
  • I FORGOT TO REGISTER
  • MY CAUSE DID NOT MAKE THE BALLOT
  • I DON'T KNOW HOW TO VOTE
  • WHO'S RUNNING?
  • NOBODY CARES WHAT I THINK
  • WHY SHOULD I CARE
  • TOO COMPLICATED FOR ME
  • MY PARENTS WON'T LET ME
  • I CAN'T FIND MY KEYS
  • WHAT VOTE?

IMPORTANT Reasons, that you need to VOTE!

If this radical thought process is working for you right now - and that little bubble that you have surrounded yourself with -- that might allow you to get away with such an option -- please think again!

  • WARNING: BubbleS will burst - and the lack of responsibility as an adult will have its consequences. YOU are over 18.

History and politics bear this out!

So, don't you!

YIKES! The graves of all patriots who ever lived or died for the freedoms that you and I enjoy - are most likely rolling over in their very graves! Let alone all those who do and ever have taken the right to vote in this country as a privilege -- that they would never have cast off so casually... like it was a CHOICE!

Have you tried this on any of them? NOT! See... I figured you knew better.

Somebody still wants me! To VOTE that is...

WARNING: When Ignoring Important Stuff - REMINDERS always follow!

The only real choices we have when it comes to voting is this -

  • Who?

  • What?

  • Why?

Just three. And then you make your declaration and mark it!

First of all, you need to know that I am neither a politician, activist or very savy when it come to politics in general. I am pretty much you. But not quite!

I am still refusing to give into that attitude or give myself or anyone else seeking permission - to just take a pass on "this" vote... because I don't like anyone.

Don't ask me or anyone else - to cheer you on to vote or try to convince you! That is not my responsibility... or anyone Else's.

In fact - if people were over-all really Okay with their very personal political decision to NOT vote... they would keep it that way - personal.

Personal things exude confidence!

The fact that this conversation is so very comfortable between people right now... is a frightening indicator for our future in this country and where politics is headed.

Hello... politics is YOU:-)

Any Excuse Not to Vote is Unacceptable!

Don't go thinking that you are setting yourself up for the future when you can then say.... smugly -- "well I didn't vote for so and so"!

Uh uh... I don't think so my friend!

Here is a fact just for you -- anyone who has the RIGHT to vote and does not exercise that privilege -- merely negates that voice.

What ever happen to acting and not being acted upon?

Can you say the word "victim"?

And that is what I have to say about politics.... at least for today!

Write On!

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MasonsMom 8 years ago from U.S.A.

Bravo!!!! I could not agree with you more! I also am not "into" politics--I find it boring and hard to understand. However I do my homework to be able to make an educated decision and I go VOTE. I think we've all gotten a little lazy--we Americans are so used to everything being handed to us on a silver platter that God forbid we have to DO something to continue the process of free speech!


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Write On! 8 years ago from United States Author

MasonsMom-

I am totally with you on this too! (although every time when it is time to get serious... I can easily find my passion:-)

I don't consider myself any kind of a political activist, (this is completely bipartisan) but I am totally shocked at this conversation that is going on right now.

How easy it would be for particularly the younger generation to get the message that to vote is optional.

Choice.... right? Go vote and then make a choice:-)

Thanks for engaging in the conversation. This is really quite important to let people know that it is not OK to not vote. We should not make people feel good about being... like you said "lazy"! LOL

I still get that patriotic feeling each time I go to the polls, although I might have been a little shaky on some checks... but I love to get my little sticker. I know I have participated in a process that is truly what it means to be an American.... but most important to be free:-)

And yes... sometimes I have had to get my butt up off the chair and make myself go do it!

I now have four children who are eligible to vote... and they best read my HUB! LOL

Write-On!


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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

I think that voting is one of the basic human rights we have to choose the political direction we prefer for the next 4 years, and very probably for another 4 year term, as well. I would certainly encourage every single person to vote, no matter her or his political preferences. Voting is secret and nobody will find out your favorite candidate you voted for. It is quite easy to vote in the USA, because you have to decide between 2 main (strongest) candidates and not between 10 or even more.


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jmmoore321 8 years ago from Utah

I volunteered to be a poll worker this year. It is just one little piece of the whole process but it makes me feel like I am doing something important and like i can be part of a process that is bigger than me. I'm also way excited to vote this year and play my part in choosing the people who represent our country and our state. I feel very passionately about this whole process and hope that some day I can get more involved.


clint 8 years ago

You need not worry about me, If I by chance don`t like ether candiate I`ll write in my own Name. That way I know I`ll like who I vote for !


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Beth Barany 8 years ago from USA

Yah, you said it! It is our responsibility as citizens to vote. To not vote means you don't care about your own house, this country, that we all live in together. To not vote means one is still a child letting others decide what is right and wrong for you. Write on! Write on!


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William F. Torpey 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

I agree, Write On!. it's important for every qualified voter to vote. But as a believer in the two-party system, I urge voters to cast their ballots for Democrats or for Republicans, not for third party candidates or for Mickey Mouse.


Kat 7 years ago

Why does it matter if you vote? Its not your vote that counts, its the electoral collage vote that decides who is the next president. I can understand voting in a county or state election but not the presidential election!


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William F. Torpey 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

It's important to vote, Kat, because the Electoral College merely reflects the vote of your state. Electors from your state technically can vote any way they want to vote, but they are pledged, in most states, to cast their ballots for the candidate chosen by their state, either entirely or by proportion. If no candidate receives enough College votes to qualify, the U.S. Constitution provides for a procedure that basically throws the election into the U.S. House of Representatives. If you do not vote, you have no say at all in who is elected. In this particular election, your vote littering could mean war or peace, depression or prosperity, and even life or death to many people here ande abroad. Do you have something more important to do on Nov. 4?


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Write On! 7 years ago from United States Author

@Kat @ William -

Thank you, to the both of you, for presenting these very important thoughts on WHY we should vote? 

It would be such a shame, for even ONE person, who has been given the privilege of voting in this Country, to think for one minute, that there vote did not count.

Every vote counts.  Every vote is the voice of one individual in the Country - and that matters.  Like Wiliam explained, if the electorates do not honor their pledge to represent the voice of the "people", we have another protocol set in place.  

Every single vote counts.  Anyone who honestly feels different, when they understand completely our voting system...  could not possibly value their "own" voice.

Write On!


Kat 7 years ago

ok. So there are only 12 people in the collage, so it can't be the vote of every state! My state is not a key state, so my vote doesn't count. As far as it going to the house, it would be better because it has more people to vote, all though they are swayed votes, its got to be better than 12 people! So please tell me why I should vote, and yes I do have something better to do then decide who is going to sit in a chair and say yes to a bill or no to a bill. Its not like the president can change anything with out going thru everyone else.


Kat 7 years ago

I know I am stupid, but that's what I was taught! So thank you Public Schools!

No I don't care about my self, I am a loser!


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Sagittarii 7 years ago

Write On, I am glad to find another person who encourages one to vote. I came into this country 20+ years ago and am very surprised how some take their right to vote for granted. Ever since I was eligible to vote, I have exercised this right. I believe as a voter, we have a voice and we can collectively make a difference on important issues such as immigration, abortion, healthcare, taxation, etc.


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Write On! 7 years ago from United States Author

Sagittarii -

I believe, that not only is VOTING, a RIGHT of U.S. Citizenship, but that it is our duty and RESPONSIBILITY to one another!

Write On!


clint 7 years ago

It`s for sure if you don`t VOTE you got no room to gripe !!!


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Write On! 7 years ago from United States Author

Clint -

Ain't that the truth!

Write On!


Hannah 7 years ago

I need help i am writing am essay on why people should vote. Does anyone know?


Hannah Millar 7 years ago

I do not know why I should vote. But I would really like for someone to tell why.


creditonez 7 years ago

agree with write on.It is our duty and RESPONSIBILITY to one another!


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AndyBaker 7 years ago from UK

You should only vote if you believe in the candidate you're voting for.

If you don't like any of them, don't vote.


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Write On! 7 years ago from United States Author

AndyBaker -

I completely disagree. In FACT, a decision not to vote - is a choice not to CARE! It is because of this EXACT attitude, that we as a society suffer with bad leaders. Our JOB is to make the best decsion possible, with the choices that we bring to the table -- through our votes.

Write On!


grand-incentives 7 years ago

You gotta fight...for your right...to vote!


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reviewadon 6 years ago

alright you've concinved me


VivekSri 6 years ago

brave and wise take. hope to read more hubs in the line. God bless!


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magicthe 5 years ago

It seems every year the number of voters there is a decrease.


Toddno123 5 years ago

Voting is for Nothing Really -___-


sandal amma 3 years ago

i am eager to vote my coming elections. r u ready...........!?

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