By Matte Kane, Union Representative
The ability to vote allows citizens to voice their opinion and choice on a variety of issues. In the American political system, voting allows registered citizens to cast their choice for the political leader that they believe can accurately make the choices that will better the country. However, there are millions of individuals who have the ability to vote, and yet do not. Over 100 million eligible voters opted not vote in the 2016 elections. Keep in mind that previous Americans literally died to preserve your privilege to vote.
Plato noted in his masterwork The Republic:
“One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”
As I sat down to write this, I decided I needed to know why we are “where we are” as a nation, and it became clear that our voting trends need to change. No longer can we except the “I was too busy today to vote,” or the “I don’t bother voting, because my vote doesn’t change anything” mindset. Here are a few quick facts heading into the 2018 midterms:
In all, voting is a constitutional right and privilege that Americans have. It’s best to make use of that right instead of squandering it and disregarding what our founders set forth to ensure. The demographics speak volumes: young voters have a legitimate stake in the outcome of mid term elections, and here in New Jersey that begins with our state primaries on Tuesday June 5th.
As members of an increasingly under-represented Labor Movement in this country, showing up and doing your job has never been more important to our cause. Please vote. Don’t take our privilege for granted, there’s too much at risk. Our strength is our numbers, we will not be silenced.
If you are not a registered voter, have recently moved, or have changed your name, please visit our Register to Vote page to learn how you can register today.
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