PSA: Vote!! Decision 2012

The photo above had such an impact on me when I first saw it in the gallery of photos at the MLK Historic Site in Atlanta.  I can’t fully explain why this photo struck more than the water hoses and the more harsh punishments that were handed out to so many (from children to the elderly) that fought for voting rights.  The photo to me is patriotic and a powerful reminder of what regular people went through to make sure we all have the right to vote with relative ease.  So, if you are a citizen of the US and at least 18 years of age you NEED to vote.  Some of the reasons I hear people (who are eligible) say they don’t vote are:

  • “I don’t know what the candidates stand for.” – Google It or click HERE for information on the Presidential and Congressional candidates!
  • “My vote doesn’t really matter.” – Depending on the state, city, and county where you live, this may  be a reality, but that doesn’t excuse you from your responsibility as a citizen.
  • “The candidates are all the same.” – I understand this sentiment to a point.  People on the ground may not see immediate changes in their world after any change in leadership, and usually all candidates have the same goals, but very different ideas on how to reach those goals.  Whether you vote or not, the winner’s ideas and methods will have an effect on your future and the future of your children.  Wouldn’t you rather have a say in things that will affect you and your loved ones?  If that doesn’t matter to you, then just vote out of respect for the people who sacrificed their lives, fought in the highest courts and legislative bodies, and marched into angry mobs so that you could vote.  Don’t you want to say Thank You?!

Ready to register?  Click HERE!

Perhaps you have heard about some of the new ID laws that are conveniently popping up in some key states to prevent the overwhelming problem of in person voter fraud (which is barely a problem statistically).  If you aren’t sure if you and your loved ones have the correct identification to vote, please click HERE to verify that for the state where you live.

If you already know the ID is going to be an issue for you and/or your loved ones take measures to try and vote via an absentee ballot – but you must hurry! Click HERE to see your state’s laws on absentee and early voting.

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