Midterm Elections: Vote, Simply Because You Can.

How many of you know of someone who can relate to the following scenario:

You have heard, “If you can, vote!” just one time too many times. Last time, and the only time really, you have intentionally followed an election, even though you are “not political,” was the 2016 presidential election. You followed it to understand what your friends are talking about, how two best friends can be at each other’s necks within one night, and why there are so many exploding arguments on your news feed on social media all of a sudden. Through it, you’ve wondered at one point or another, “out of so many American citizens who vote, will one vote really matter?”

We are here to tell you that your vote does matter. It does, because you could be the tipping point of an election; it does, because your vote could elect someone who represents your views; it does, because you are a citizen of this country, and it wants to hear your voice. Even so, why should a midterm election matter? Why should you cast your vote in an election for people who are not the face of the country? Here are our top reasons you should vote during this November election (and the many midterm elections to come).

“That’s why Source Voting has decided to connect candidates and voters. Source Voting allows candidates to speak directly to the voters via videos that they submit. This means the voters, you, can know get unfiltered information, without visiting a billion websites or feeds, straight from the source” (Getting to Know the Candidates is now Easier than Ever).

You Have the Privilege of Voting for Your Next Representative

It doesn’t matter if you are absolutely in love with our current president in office or wish he could be impeached this very moment; voting will benefit you by getting you one step closer to the country you envision. Yes, it is true that your vote during the midterm election cannot change the result of the presidential election that has already happened two years ago. However, those whom you have a chance to bring into office are the ones who will “[make] all laws, [declare] war, [regulate] interstate and foreign commerce and [control] taxing and spending policies” (U.S. House of Representatives).

If you like our current president in office, you get to support him through your vote by voting for the candidates you believe will support his decisions.

If you don’t like our current president in office, you get to elect members who will be held responsible by the Constitution to check and balance his powers and actions.

Voting is a privilege because you get to choose a representative whose viewpoints you agree with, and who will mold the country you live in. That’s only the first reason why you should go vote this midterm. If you want more information about who is running, visit us. We bring the candidates to you so that you don’t have to fine comb through the media-filtered information.

Midterm Election is Your Only Chance to Weigh In

Midterm elections happen in the middle of a president’s term of service, hence the name “midterm.” It is the one chance citizens have to show which political party, they believe, should get to “control the two chambers of the U.S. Congress for upcoming two years” (United States Department of State).

As mentioned before, voting benefits you whether you want our current president in office or not. It benefits you because midterm election is the one time in this president’s four years you get to place in representatives who will support him or disagree with him. Take this chance seriously!

“Let’s make sure our country is ours by voting in this midterm election for the candidates who we want to see representing us” (Last but Not Least: Vote, Simply Because You Can).

You Don’t have to Wait to Vote

You don’t have to wait until November 6th to vote. Better yet, in some states, you don’t even have to find a location, nor spend gas money and time to drive to said location; you can, instead, just vote via mail with an absentee ballot. Check here to see if you are registered to vote, and here to see when/if your state offers early voting. Below is an infographic from NCSL to help you see the different states in a glance: 

ncsl Early Voting infographic
Image Source: NCSL “Absentee and Early Voting

If you decide to vote in person, be sure to check here for documents you need to bring to the voting booth. The site also provides information regarding the documents that may be requested by your state to vote by mail/absentee ballot.

Getting to Know the Candidates is Now Easier than Ever

If you’re the type who believes in voting for the candidates, and not the party, research can require hours, days, or even weeks. You would have to follow all the top candidates’ profiles on various social media platforms, check the news about and arguments for/against the candidates, and their stance on the social issues you care about. What a pain… The worst of all: through all the digging and fine combing, all you find is confusion. This is because all that are presented to you are the biases media outlets apply to the facts of an event. It can be a huge hassle to sift through those biases to get to the truth. Needless to say, the media is great at identifying their target audience and slanting their presentation of facts to cater to their views.

Everyone has an opinion, and everyone supports his/her own opinions. That’s why Source Voting has decided to connect candidates and voters. Source Voting allows candidates to speak directly to the voters via videos that they submit. This means the voters, you, can know get unfiltered information, without visiting a billion websites or feeds, straight from the source. Not only does it save you time, it allows you to make your own decision about who you want to vote for without having to feel pressured by media bias to vote for one party or the other. Visit our site to learn more about who we are, and why we do what we do!

Last but Not Least: Vote, Simply Because You Can.

If you can vote, you are luckier than a lot more people who would love to cast a vote, but cannot, either because of their residential status, or because they do not qualify for one reason or another. Because of this, don’t waste your vote, your right, your privilege, your voice.

If you are voting, and you know of someone who is qualified, but is not planning to vote, send them this blog post. Let’s make sure our country is ours by voting in this midterm election for the candidates who we want to see representing us.

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