I wanted to pair this post with a picture of my “I Voted!” sticker, but unfortunately the polling location I went to had either run out or hadn’t stocked any stickers at all because I walked away without a little red, white, and blue badge to show off the fact that I performed my civic duty today. That’s okay, though, because I don’t need a sticker to prove that I voted.
I’m not a very political person, but I do my best to stay informed about current affairs and what’s shaping the political landscape. I do, however, firmly believe that it’s essential that we exercise our right to vote for the people representing us and the issues that affect our lives and the lives of those around us. I know there are a lot of reasons that influence people to avoid voting, but in my opinion there really isn’t an excuse to not go out and cast your ballot.
If you’re worried about placing an uninformed vote, there are plenty of resources out there that collect information about ballot measures and candidates and present them in an easy-to-understand format. If you’re away from home or unable to travel to a local polling place, there are absentee and mail-in options. You can even vote early if you have other priorities that prevent you from showing up on Election Day. The point is, you have options. Go out and vote!