I’ve been eligible to vote in two previous elections before this election and I didn’t vote in either because I thought my vote didn’t count.
This year I couldn’t wait to vote.
Due to a collision of factors, this election is one of the most important of our generation.
Beyond the fact that the two candidates want to take the country into completely opposite directions, they’ll also be appointing new supreme court judges that will decide major court cases for several decades to come.
Normally I don’t like politics, and after this election is over I’m going to resume that stance, but I have to admit I’ve been following this election very closely for the last couple of years.
The entertainment element alone has been incredible.
However, the exposure of corruption within the government has confirmed everything my skeptical brain has been thinking for years.
Pick your poison — if you need a reason to vote in this election, there’s something for everyone.
Why Your Vote Probably Doesn’t Count
If you live in a state that overwhelmingly votes for one party and you also vote for that party, your vote doesn’t really count.
Sure, it’s technically counted but it won’t actually affect the outcome.
Plus, there’s the issue of foul play.
Now that I’ve destroyed all motivation you had to stand in line to cast your vote, I’m going to tell you why your vote does indeed count.
Why Your Vote Counts Bigly
If you’re supporting a political revolution, such as Bernie and Trump supporters are, your vote even counts in states where your candidate wins in a landslide victory.
While a vote in the majority won’t affect who wins or loses, it contributes to the landslide which has its own value.
It legitimatizes the movement and it builds momentum for what happens next.
Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Ohio, Wisconsin, Nevada, & New Hampshire for the 2016 election.
If you live in a swing state — your vote absolutely counts and it counts bigly!
I think it would be fun to vote in a swing state because you know your vote can directly impact the outcome of the election.
Local and State Questions
In all reality, the president in power has little effect on our daily lives in the short-term. Policies signed by the president typically take several years or decades to affect us — and often those new laws affect other people, but not you.
On the other hand, local and state changes usually have an immediate and direct impact on you.
These are the things I’ll continue to vote on, whether or not I’m invested in the future presidential candidates.
What do you think? Do you agree, disagree or have any thoughts to add? Let me know in the comments below.
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