Why I Vote
Midterm elections are tomorrow, and we at GLO want to encourage everyone who can to head to the polls. By using our voices to choose our leaders and our laws, we can help bring about a better world for our country’s minorities and marginalized. But don’t just take our word for it: since voting is an assemblance of voices demanding to be heard, it seems right to share voting’s importance not just through one voice, but through many. That’s why GLO reached out to the newest generation of voters from all over the United States to see why voting is important to them.
I Vote (or Encourage Others to) Because...
Because my voice deserves to be heard. I have strong opinions about the injustice that the government has been committing, and the best way to combat that is to help get those who can remedy it into office!
I’m constantly getting messages that my voice doesn’t matter. As a black queer woman, I’m told more and more everyday that I don’t deserve to take up space in this country, in this world. Voting is important to me because when a representative sees me, when they acknowledge that I have some sort of importance in the grand scheme of things, I need them to take that memory of me—and all others like me—to Washington.
I’m voting in the 2018 midterm election because city government makes laws in regards to local school quality, job training programs, policing and public safety, rent costs and affordable housing, public transit, and so much more that cannot be tackled on a national level. Every city is working with different resources and different populations with different political views. Participating in local elections is essential to advocating for policies that not only affect my everyday life but also the lives of those that cannot vote.
I vote because as a citizen in a democratic nation, voting is the most important way for me to express what I believe in on a political, economic, and social level. Voting is a hard-won right, and every time we vote, we exercise our rights as citizens in the United States and stand up for what we believe in.
Without voting there’s no democracy, and democracy is the most direct method through which we can affect change.
My school is 10 minutes away from MSD, and I’d been there for debate before, so when the shooting happened it really was surreal. Especially since our senator in Florida Marco Rubio takes the 3rd largest sum of money in donations from the NRA. That’s why I’m voting Tuesday in Florida.
Chloe Arden Brown
I think in the age of social media activism it’s more important than ever to get out and vote for what matters to you. It’s not enough to attach yourself to causes for the sake of Instagram or conversations with friends; actually voicing your opinions and affecting change whether on a local, state, or federal level is essential to changing our representation and potentially changing the course of history.
You might be directly impacted by what happens, so why wouldn’t you want to have a say in it?
As a female Afro-Latina, my personal autonomy is the product a people’s struggle and perseverance. It is my responsibility to ensure that my ancestors’ tenacity continues to generate change through my selection of appropriate leadership. Frankly, I have no choice but to exercise the right to vote that was so earnestly fought for me.
The realm of American politics always seemed esoteric and irrelevant until my adolescence. Once I grasped the extent to which the federal and state governments permeate daily life, I realized that American politics are at the core of everything — our education, our healthcare, our safety, our jobs, our solutions to homelessness, gender discrimination, environmental scarcity... I vote because I want to elect representatives who understand the sway of government and who will do everything they can to make American society foster the values of equality, tolerance, safety, and respect.
I’m voting because it’s both my privilege and my responsibility. From my hometown of Tucson, AZ to the Columbia campus, I have had friends, family, and peers who cannot use their voice in this way because of their age, documentation, or history in the prison system. I’m using my vote this November not only to vote in my best interests, but to vote in the best interests of those members of my community who cannot.
I vote because even in our imperfect democracy, if I have the privilege to exercise my right to vote, I am going to make sure I do! Voting is a practice so integral to the foundation of democracy. We can preach activism all we want, but if we aren’t actually acting, what’s the point?
Vote because this may be the one time your voice is not filtered and contributes directly to who serves you.
I vote because so many women cannot, and because so many have been denied political autonomy for hundreds of years—women in Saudi Arabia cast their first votes in 2015. Even if your choice candidate doesn’t win, voting is a victory in itself. We’re lucky to have the right to do so, and what better way to show your appreciation for that right than by getting out to the polls and voting!
We think they said it best: vote to help change America into the country you want it to be. Vote because these changes impact not just those with a voice in society but also those who often go without one. And remember—even if you yourself are unable to vote, you can still encourage others to head to the polls and educate voters on the impact of who they elect into office. Regardless of your age or status during this election, what’s importance is to use your voice however you can. Be bold. Be loud. Be heard.