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Why You Should Vote and The Importance of It

Updated on September 23, 2012
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Samantha Pointer, is a Technology Organizing Coach and founder of Get IT Together!. Bridging the gap between organization and technology.

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I was listening to the radio the other day and a lady was talking about why she was not going to vote. She said that she just didn't believe that her vote counted and that they are going to put who they want in office anyway. Well I thought that was just the saddest thing I had ever heard. And what made it worse was when the host of the show asked if she cared that people died fighting for her right to vote, she said she didn't. What? Are you kidding me?

Here is this 20-something African-American who didn't care that people died for her right to vote. The host bought up a very good point when he said what if 1 million people thought and felt like you. That means 1 million people wouldn't vote and that would certainly have an impact on the election.

This lady had not even registered to vote and had no intention to do so. How sad. The point I want to make is that your vote does count. This isn't an article to sway you one way or the other on who to vote for. It isn't an article telling you who to vote for. This article is about letting everyone know that your vote does count and it is imperative that you do so.

What if everyone felt that their vote didn't count? Where would that leave our country? As an African-American woman I am especially grateful and privileged that I can vote and what others who have gone before me sacrificed so that I might have this privilege.

Don't squander your opportunity to be heard. You can and will be heard but to do that you must register and vote. You can't complain if you don't even vote. Don't just register to vote and leave it at that. You also need to actually go and vote! Vote in every election there is. Don't just wait until big ones. Because your vote counts in every one.

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