There is a cliche’ that goes, “if you don’t vote, don’t complain. Voting is the one voice that every citizen has. There have been countless individuals who have fought, marched, bled and died for the right for each American to cast his or her vote. Voting is a way to ensure that our country remains a free place for people to live, work, worship and play.
Stand up and vote for the values you hold dear. Voters who are passionate about their beliefs are essential to move the country in a positive and prosperous direction. Before you vote, take time to get to know the candidates. You might be surprised at which candidates share your beliefs, dreams and values. It is a good idea to find an unbiased source of information such as non-partisan voter guides that simply describe each candidate and what positions they take on various issues of importance to you.
Some people have the impression that their votes do not matter, however many elections have been won by very small margins. In some areas if only a few people fail to vote because of complacency, the outcome of an election can be affected. For this reason, never assume that your vote does not count.
Voting does not only help you as an individual but is sets a good example for those around you. Most important, when you stand up and vote you may very well secure the future of your children and grandchildren. In a world full of turmoil, it is important to vote for strong leaders who value each person’s right to live in a country where individual liberty and justice will always prevail. If you fail to stand up and vote, you will not assert your opportunity to steer our country in a direction that will result in freedom and opportunity for generations to come.