VOTE.

I’ve said it before on Election Day 2014 and am saying it again now: get out there and vote, whatever it takes.

It doesn’t matter how long the lines are, bring a book to read.

It doesn’t matter how cold it is outside, wear an extra sweater.

It doesn’t matter how gerrymandered your district is, it’s still a ballot and you can still cast it.

It doesn’t matter if you’re not sure where your poll place is, most of that information is online. If you don’t have a computer, use a smartphone. If you don’t have a smartphone, hit up the library computers, give the Board of Elections a call, whatever it takes.

What matters is that you vote.

Your grandfathers and grandmothers, and great-grandparents, and parents, had fought and died for this right. You do not have the right to vote by accident, the road to that right is paved with blood, tears, sweat, and more suffering than you learned about in school. You will be doing them a disservice by not voting.

Don’t sit home and say there’s no candidates that you agree with. Even if you don’t agree, by not voting you’re mutely accepting whatever the results are, and immediately lose any right to complain or protest about how things are run. If you don’t want someone elected, vote for their opponent. If you sit home, you leave it to chance and others’ opinions, and never have there been less reliable determinants than those two.

If you’re not voting, you’re surrendering. If you’re surrendering, you’re little more than chattel in the legislative arena, whatever its scope is, local, state, or federal. Don’t believe that you’re somehow better if you’re not casting a vote for someone you ‘disagree’ with – you’ve surrendered yourself to luck and the opinions of others by not voting, little more and little less. No one said you have to have total agreement in order to cast a vote.

If you believe both parties are the same, you’re lacking in civics and history education. Even the heavily-edited textbooks of high-school history classes won’t omit the glaring differences between the parties. And moreover, you’re not requires to vote for either of them – you have every option of taking a third party or writing in your vote. Open a book, and go to your polling place. Every vote is a vote, and votes add up.

The midterm elections will always influence the country more than the President. If the past six years hadn’t proven it more obviously, I’ll say it here: the Congress is behind most of the legislative activity – and in this case, it’s the lack thereof. Your local elections are directly responsible for your everyday life. You absolutely must vote in those, because otherwise, you will lose any and all say over what happens in your own neighborhood.

No one gets anything done by sitting on their arse.

VOTE.

I did.

K.G.

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