Your vote counts: Cast your ballot this Tuesday

By YeOldeScribe ~ November 1st, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

PoliticalProgresives is well aware we’re preaching to the choir when it comes to telling people to vote. Chances are if you’re reading an obscure political blog, you’re already planning to cast a ballot next Tuesday. But maybe you’re living with people who aren’t planning on exercising their constitutional right to vote. Maybe you know people who say “One vote never counts” or “They’re all corrupt, why bother?”

If you’ve been paying any attention to the news in the last month, you know control of the U.S. Senate is at stake. Of course, control of the U.S. House is up for grabs every two years as well. Right now analysts are predicting that Republicans will control both on Nov. 5 after winning the Senate back from Democrats. Want to make sure that happens? Go vote. Do you cringe at the thought? Go vote.

Of course, national elections aren’t the only thing on the ballot. Many states like our writer’s home state of Wisconsin have important gubernatorial races you should be paying attention to, as they’re indicators for how voters feel things are going in those states. If you’re not a fan of Gov. Walker’s failed economic policies, voting him out of office is a great idea. If you think he’s a winner, vote to keep him in there.

(You probably expected us to say something snarky like Republicans should vote next month or something. Nope. Not going to do it. Our democracy is great because all people are supposed to have equal opportunity to make their voices heard via the ballot box. At PoliticalProgressives, we often vehemently disagree with things the Republican party says and does. But that doesn’t mean its supporters should be denied the right to cast a ballot. Doesn’t matter they’re trying to do the same thing to Democrats. We’re not going to play that game. Everyone gets a vote.)

But what happens when your state doesn’t have a contested election in congress and the governor is up for re-election in 2016, as is the case with many Missouri residents? What’s the incentive to go vote? Well, first of all, there’s a lot of local candidates deserving of your attention, such as the race for Boone County Register of Deeds. Even candidates running unopposed still need your support to get another term.

Still not feeling like making the five-minute drive to the polls is worth your time? In Columbia, MO, there are four amendments to the state constitution on the ballot, and two local propositions. They’re just about little things, too – such as hiring 30 more police officers for a town that desperately needs them, increasing development fees to pay for lagging infrastructure, or our personal “favorite”, evaluating teachers based on their student’s test scores.

At the end of the day, our author has yet to hear a good reason not to vote. Think all the Republicans and Democrats are corrupt? Vote for third party candidates and change the system. Want to live in a safe city that takes care of its citizens the way you think is appropriate? Vote in local elections. Tired of business and lobbyists taking over state constitutions? Vote some of these needless amendments down.

There’s one trend you should be getting out of this. One word that appears more ofter than any other.

VOTE.

(And watch this great JibJab video of why you should vote.)

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