Why I Vote
Chair, Rockdale County Democratic Party
I believe that voting is my responsibility. I’ve warned people many times that “If you don’t vote, you don’t have the right to complain.” But actually the opposite is true. The fact is that we all have the right to complain whether we vote or not because voting is not a requirement. But it is a responsibility. It’s an obligation.
Who votes has a powerful impact on public policy and government. You won’t be heard if you don’t vote. Why give up on a chance to choose leaders and representatives who will do things that are important to you, to the community? Voting is a fundamental process that keeps our system of government working. Through elections, we have the ability to decide on who represents us in government, be it a local official, a state or national representative, or the president of the United States.
My vote for President may be one among millions, but my local votes can help change the quality of life for my family and my community. Whether I am voting for or the Governor, School Board appointments, or any other variety of ballot initiatives – my local elections are the ones that have the most significant impact on my daily life.
Many of these elections are won or lost by a few hundred votes, and I have the opportunity to voice my opinion. In these elections my vote could possibly be the deciding vote. That’s exciting to me. That is the opportunity to make real and immediate change. How often do we get that chance?
I absolutely believe in this. Because when I vote I know that I am not just voting for a candidate but I am voting for the future. The votes we cast extend far beyond one election: we are able to elect individuals who will make concrete decisions on our behalf about how our government will be run, the wars we engage in and how resources, both national and local are distributed.