Tuesday is Election Day, when every U.S. citizen has the chance to participate in the formation of the government. When you contemplate voting, remember that not everyone has this simple right. For women, especially, the right to vote is fairly new. Until the passage of the 19thAmendment in 1920—not even 100 years ago—women in this country did not have the right to vote.
This past year we have seen countries across the Middle East and Africa fight for a vote that matters, for a proper democracy. Regardless of whom comes out on top on Tuesday, one of the winner’s biggest foreign policy concerns will be bringing democracy to other parts of the world — an admirable ambition. Yet, America can barely get 55 percent of its population to vote. We promote democracy, but we also need to lead by example and encourage voter turnout as high as other countries such as Chile, Italy and Belgium, which have seen at least 90 percent voter turnouts since 1960.
We all know the issues that are at stake: the economy, healthcare, women’s rights, jobs, the War on Terror and climate change. We have all seen the effects of these issues. It’s time to stand up for the candidate you believe will move this country in the right direction in the next four years. Whether you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent, your vote matters. This is the closest election since Bush vs. Gore in 2000. (The Astro Twins warned us about potential Election Day confusion.) Even if you don’t live in a swing state, the election numbers will go down in the history books.
Still not convinced? Hopefully the video below can spur your patriotism. We believe that our voice matters, and we are going to vote on Tuesday. See you at the polls!