I know you don’t need a history lesson: the right to vote in this country is one that many people have died for. Let me repeat that: died for. And yet, so many people choose to throw away their right to vote with excuses like “My one vote doesn’t matter” or “By not voting I am protesting the process and candidates” or even “I’m too busy to vote.” Let’s be honest: not voting in an election, no matter how “small” you decide it is, is a much bigger decision and says more about you then you might think. You are turning over power to people who might not share your beliefs, and you are saying, in effect, that you do not matter. By not voting you are proclaiming that what you value, the way you live your life and interact with the people around you, is not important. Nothing could be further from the truth. One person can, and often does, make a difference. Take your power back, claim your voice, and VOTE. If you don’t, you give up your right to have a say in issues that affect you. Don’t let life just happen to you. Be an active participant in your future, your children’s future, and the future of this State. Inspired but not sure what to do? Check out these helpful links: Find out if you are registered to vote with the State of Michigan. This site will also tell you where to vote and gives you the opportunity to click on a Sample Ballot. This will bring up the ballot for your specific district and all the choices you will be engaging in. If candidates or issues have websites, you can click on them to find out more information. Inform yourself! This site has great links to more information about the polls, their hours (7 AM to 8 PM!) and where you can see election night results. Want to know who we like? Check out these pro-choice websites, which will list candidates endorsed by pro-choice, pro-woman and family organizations like Michigan NOW and MI List. CLAIM YOU VOICE! USE YOUR VOTE!
Photo: from 4000 Years For Choice