It’s election day, gays! It’s our day to stand in a long line and cast our votes for the lawmakers who are pledging to make the future a better, safer place for us — and for everyone. Your vote counts, and it makes a difference, both directly and indirectly. Whether you’re voting to extend LGBTQ+ rights, protect abortion rights, or fight for workers’ rights, casting your ballot is a majorly important part of the year and of the political machine.
Still not convinced? Here are five reasons you should definitely be voting on election day this year.
5. We Live In A Democracy, So Let’s Practice It
Regardless of how you feel about the current political party in power, we live in a democracy that was designed to be built around our voices. In order to protect that democracy, we need to flex our voting skills!
4. So You’re Not The Problem
If you’re not voting, you’re part of the problem when the country strays from your own sense of what’s right and wrong. When your friends are talking about the election, and they ask you who you voted for, and you say no one — that’ll suck! And you won’t have the right to complain about what happens, because you took no action to prevent it. Enjoy stewing in your silence.
3. Because People Fought For Your Right To Vote
Someone fought — or, honestly, is fighting — for your right to go to the polls and cast your vote. For every person who sits at home on Election Day, there’s someone desperately wishing that they were allowed to go cast their vote and be part of the democratic process. Don’t let their struggles and triumphs go to waste. Go vote!!
2. To Be A Part Of Something Major
Times are changing; don’t you want to be part of the movement? If you don’t vote, you don’t get to enjoy that feeling of helping something positive happen. Not voting means that you don’t get to be a part of anything, so be a part of something and vote!
1. To Have Your Voice Be Heard
Casting a ballot is the biggest way to let your voice be heard within the system. Everyone’s got one, so why not use it to support something you’re passionate about? Speak up and vote! Let your voice be heard, because it’s just as important as everyone else’s!