Tens of millions of patriots, activists, and heroes have fought for, suffered, and given their lives for you to have the right to vote in a free democracy.
By no means do we have a perfect democracy (no government does), but the ONLY way to incrementally get closer to one is through mass numbers of people, particularly young people, exercising their right to vote.
The alternative – apathy, sitting on the sidelines, intolerance of imperfection – will lead to the opposite happening – an erosion or total absence of democracy.
Sadly, millennials are awful at voting. Just 19.9% of those age 18-29 voted in the last midterm election (compared to 59.4% of those age 65+). That’s the lowest in the last 40 years. Millennials are now the largest voting age demographic, and as such, WE could entirely set the agenda and direction of the country. Yet, we consistently defer, give up, and hand over OUR future to a voting demographic that won’t have to live with the consequences of their vote for the generations to come.
It’s inexplicable and destructive – and we cannot afford to let it continue any longer. Civic engagement is a necessary responsibility and a duty of adulthood.
It may sound cliché, but this is the most important election of our lifetimes. Decency, truth, transparency, accountability, and even democracy itself are all on the ballot. In many ways, it seems like our democracy is hanging on for life by a thread.
Your country needs you.
I won’t tell you what individuals or parties to vote for on Tuesday, but I will ask that you focus on the following characteristics and credentials…
- Those who want to work hard on your behalf and believe they can do right by you.
- Those who are not afraid to run on their record.
- Those who at least attempt to lead with compassion, selflessness, reason, honesty, and unity.
- Those who want to find solutions to the challenges at hand and move forward.
- Those who want to expand democracy, and serve as many constituents as they can.
DO NOT Vote for:
- Those who do not believe their role has any value in improving lives.
- Those who are afraid to run on their record.
- Those who lead with distraction, division, fear, lies, and hate – for the advancement of self – at the expense of the collective.
- Those who turn their backs on problems and want to revel in the past, at the expense of the present and future.
- Those who want to limit democracy, and serve as few constituents as they can.
Do those things, and we and our democracy will be just fine.
Know the voter ID requirements in your state, and if you encounter problems at your polling location:
- Don’t walk away. Say: “Give me a provisional ballot, with a receipt, as required by law when requested.”
- Call the national election hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).
This Tuesday, let’s begin setting the agenda. Grab 10 of your closest friends and family members, and let’s get it done.