The “I Can’t VOTE” Excuse Won’t Cut It In 2020

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Everyone knows someone that constantly complains about recent policies that were implemented or criticizes the way school districts are being run. That same person is so vehement about expressing their MANY concerns about the state of our nation, but won’t bother to go to the polls. “I have other things to do.” “I don’t have time, I’ll get to it later.” “Voting is not a big deal; my vote doesn’t matter anyway.” What happened to the active mindset you had before? What do you mean your voice doesn’t matter? More than ever YOUR VOICE MATTERS! We as a society need you to do your part to ensure a positive trajectory in 2021. 2020 has been a trying year for everyone and we all need to ensure that we have strong leaders who can deal with the overarching effects of COVID-19, racial injustices, sexism, health disparities, etc.

Surely, you realize the impact this particular election will have on so many lives. That includes your life and the lives of your family and friends. So don’t tell me you don’t have time or that voting is of little importance. In fact, this year voting is probably the most accessible/flexible it has been in years. It’s a simple process to register for voting and it can all be done online. Just look up your local voting registrar and fill out the registration form. Once that’s done, you should receive your voting card within a few weeks. And If you’re still telling yourself “well, I have work so I can’t vote in-person,” guess what? You can do mail in voting this year. Yep, you heard me right, so there is literally no reason for excuses. So, while you’re filling out your registration form, go ahead and take the time to sign up for mail-in voting. This form can also be filled out online: quick and easy.

Also keep in mind before you fill out that voting form, you have an obligation to research all candidates who will be on the ballot. Don’t just look at the presidential candidates and call it a day. RESEARCH ALL OF THEM. I know it is very meticulous work but you will be well informed and confident in your voting choices if you took the time to study the pros and cons of each candidate. Research the Board of Education members so you can help your child have a successful school year online. Research your judges to ensure they have a record of fair trials and are committed to combating racial injustices. Research your mayors, congressmen, and senators, so we can move the country forward from ununified politics.

A lot has happened in 2020, and we have lost a lot along the way. But we have also grown from this experience and have brought to light things in our society that need to be changed or improved. Now is NOT the time to stand down or stay silent. Now is the time to speak out and fight for what you believe in. Be apart of the change, not the problem. Let the government know what you want “America” to represent. And remember that YOU have the power because the people are the ones who put these officials in office and we can easily remove the ones who are not fulfilling the needs of the people and replace them with the officials of our choice. You can start change by using your voices and casting your votes.

Gabrielle "Bri" Pinkney

I love sharing my love of life and fashion by writing my stories about life experiences and my favorite trending styles.

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