Here's What You Should Tell Your Friends Who Aren't Voting
Voter registration deadlines for the General Election start this weekend on October 8th in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Washington.
- •"I don't like either of the two candidates."This is totally understandable not to like either candidate. HOWEVER, not voting is still a vote. And likely it will count more toward the candidate that you are least fond of. But regardless, you are welcome to find a candidate whom resonates with you keeping in mind that the above still stands. And one of these candidates is not like the other, certainly they both have problems but I very highly doubt that you see them as equally unqualified for the position.
- •"I'm not educated enough in politics."There are two presidential debates left and an abundance of online resources to help you. Consume as much as possible as frequently as possible. Check the political backgrounds of your news sources. Find bipartisan or nonpartisan sources. It takes a little bit of work but you'll find it.
- •"I don't live in a swing state. What's the point?"Voting in the election is not simply voting for president. Whilst that's what dominates the news cycle, this is an opportunity to make your voice heard in your state. Make the politicians who really are there for you, hear your voice.
- •"My vote doesn't count."Oh, but it does. Voting in this country is the great equalizer. Regardless of race, economic status, geographic location, you get a single vote. And so does everyone else. Your vote absolutely counts and makes your voice heard. Had everyone thought their votes did not count, we would never have gotten anywhere in this country.
- •"I'm a student. I'm not registered in this state."You have two options: many states allow college students to register to vote in the state without changing their state of permanent residence. Check with one of the political groups at your school. Or see below.
- •"I won't be in my state during the election."Many of the states listed above are absentee deadlines. Getting an absentee is super easy but requires some work. This must be done soon. You must send in an application for your absentee. From there, they will send you a ballot which must be in their office by Nov 8. Many states also support early voting. Check vote.org to find out if you are able to vote early.
- •"The lines are too long."Oh, please. We all have places to be.
- •"I hate [politics, the system, etc.]."This is the only way, friend, to change the system. It needs to be changed from the inside. I get that you feel jilted like your opinion doesn't matter but ultimately, voting is the only way that you get to change the laws that really affect you.
- •"I don't have time."Early voting. Absentee Voting. Or just suck it up.
- •"Bernie or Bust."Can you literally not. Your candidate has endorsed a candidate.
- •"I'm not 18 or I am not a US citizen."This is acceptable. I remember how upset I was in 2012 when I was under 18 and yet more engaged than all the adults around me. You can engage in politics in other ways. Join a campaign, get out the vote, wear campaign swag. Make sure that people understand your politics, influence adults around you. There are other ways to make your voice heard.
- •"I just don't care."How fucking dare you. Do you know what was went through, how many hundreds and thousands of people suffered to give you this right. How many hundreds and thousands of people want what you take for granted. Voting is bigger than just you. And even in selfish ways, about you. There are laws that will affect you in the next four to eight years and beyond. And when you're not happy with them it will be at fault of yours and not the system.
- •Registering to vote is easy and takes two minutes. Go to vote.org to sign up or get your absentee ballot. 🇺🇸