- Lelena Fissehazion
Vote. Vote. Vote.
Updated: Nov 18, 2020
Voting is something that Americans take for granted. More than half of the countries in the world do not have the opportunity to vote for their next president or prime minister. Most of the time, the elections end up rigged. We, however, can invoke real change. Our vote will determine which policies pass, determining what future lies ahead for America.
To have the ability to say that you are not going to vote, because you do not have faith in either candidates, and you do not want to support either party because you do not believe in the system means that you are privileged. Only people who do not have to worry about whether or not the new candidate will affect their loved ones or themselves will say that they are not voting.
If you cared about your future, you would do the right thing and vote, because only then will change come around. Your vote may not affect you. However, it could significantly alter the life of an immigrant who is scared of being deported, or an African American mother who is tired of worrying every time her kids step out the door. Your vote could also decide the fate of health care for those with pre-existing conditions.
You cannot keep talking about how much you want the government to care about policies like climate change and police brutality, if you do not take out the time to vote for the candidate that will support those agendas. People fought tirelessly for centuries for us to have the opportunity to decide whether or not we want to vote. Voting is how our voices will be heard. If we continue to sit around and complain about how unfair the system is, no change will come about.
The only way to fix issues like police brutality, systemic racism, climate change and mass incarceration is by voting. Do not take for granted the amazing ability to choose how America will look like in the next four years. Voting is a fundamental right that everyone should exercise.