Election Day 2016: 3 Reasons To Get Out & Vote Today [VIDEO]
Election Day has finally arrived, and by the end of the night tonight, a new President will likely be elected, and several other incumbents and possible other new candidates could be ushered into office in the Senate, the House and various other political offices, and will either continue or change certain policies that affect the daily lives of Americans.
Yet, despite the election in general (and the Presidential race) being so important, there's a very likely chance that voter turnout won't be as high as hoped among nearly all demographics.
According to Fair Vote, in recent national elections, like the Presidential races, about 60 percent of registered voters actually show up to cast their ballot on Election Day, and for smaller races and midterm elections that number tends to drop to around 40 percent. And while 60 percent is a majority of registered voters, it's still a smaller turnout than most would expect from a country that believes strongly in its Democracy.
Your vote counts, more than you may know. Here are three reasons to make sure you get out and vote today:
No Matter Who You Support, If You Don't Want Their Opponent To Win, You Need To Vote
It may seem like one vote won't make a difference when it comes to deciding who governs the country, but every single vote does matter. No, the President Isn't actually decided by the popular vote, but by the Electoral College, but what vote you cast plays into which Candidate gets your state's Electoral Votes, because generally, whichever candidate wins the majority of votes in the state wins the Electoral ones as well.
So whether you love Hillary Clinton or hate her, or feel strongly about Donald Trump winning or losing the election, you need to cast your vote. Your one vote may not make the difference you wish it did, but if you want to be giving even a remote chance of an actual contest in your state, you need to be adding your decision into the mix.
If You Have Strong Beliefs About Certain Policies, Voting Allows You To Make Sure Your Voice Is Heard
Maybe you agree with everything Hillary Clinton says about gay marriage, abortion, healthcare and the economy. Maybe you agree more with what Donald Trump says about immigration and the second amendment. No matter which way your views are skewed, If one candidate aligns more closely to how you feel, don't you want them to be your President? But if you don't vote, then you can't guarantee they will be. b
The Election Is About More Than Just The Presidency
Sure election coverage is dominated by the Presidential Race, and all we've been talking about for the last year and a half is that race, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. But at the end of the day, the things either one of them does as President actually don't have as much of a direct effect on you as the elections that are down ballot. Your Senators, Congressional Representatives, Town Assemblyperson, Supervisor of Highways and so many other offices you may not have even realized existed, will affect your everyday life and the policies at your local level. You need to vote for them if you want policies that you're passionate about in your daily life to skew your way.