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5 Reasons Why You Should Vote!

It’s so important to understand what you are voting about.
This year’s election goes beyond who will be president. Help make a difference in your
community during this general election and join us in “Be Heard Go Vote” initiative.
Here are just a few reasons why you should get registered and vote:


1. Elections have consequences.

You have the power to decide on the quality of life you want for yourself and future
generations. Voting is your chance to stand up for the issues you care about, like public
transportation, raising the minimum wage, or funding local schools.
Second, everyone can complain. Everyone can talk about what is wrong. But when we
vote, we participate in the election process.
When we don’t vote, we have no right to complain about how things are. To be a
responsible citizen is to take part in the process.



2. Not voting is giving up your voice.

Elections are decided by the people who exercise their voting rights, so take time and
learn about the measures and the candidates. Your power is in your vote. If you do not
vote, someone else will decide for you.
When you cast your vote for presidential candidates, judges, council representatives,
and other elected officials, you add your voice of agreement or disagreement.
Your vote could change the course of history. When you neglect to vote, you are voting
by default.


3. It's your money.

You pay taxes, but do you know how that money is being used? Most people do not know
how that money is spent. Voting is your chance to choose how your tax dollars are spent –
such as funding for health care, social services, and public safety.
Congress is moved by its electorate. They represent us. When we don’t vote, we leave them
to their own devices and those of the lobbyists. Then, money, not your best interests,



4. Voting is an opportunity for change.

Do you want to make a positive impact? Voting gives you that chance! Support the
candidates and ballot measures that can help your community, state, and nation. When we
vote, we have an opportunity to promote, move forward, and positively influence the
places where we reside. Issues regarding health care, jobs, wages, fair and equal standards,
diversity, immigration, the environment, education, and so on all rely upon the voices of the


5. The community depends on you!

Individuals were attacked by dogs, blasted by water hoses, burned, lynched, humiliated,
and jailed – all so that all citizens in America would have the right to vote.
Our communities comprise friends, loved ones, neighbors, and children. Some may not
know how important voting is, while others don’t have the privilege. Decide to vote for
yourself and those around you.

Source: 5 Reasons Why You Should Vote! | AltaMed

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