Election day is coming up on November 6th! If it’s not already marked on your calendar (and if you’re like me, if it’s not on my calendar it doesn’t happen), mark it. If you haven’t set yourself a reminder on your phone, set it. Whatever you need to do to not forget. I’ll wait…
Okay! So yes, November 6th is election day and we all need to go out and vote. Every single last one of us (especially us women)!
Some people view the midterm elections as less important, but let’s break that train of thought right here and now. During the midterm elections, voters will elect one-third of all U.S. senators and all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives. These people will be making our laws for the next 6 and 2 years, respectively. That may not seem like a long time, but it really is when you consider that the people elected this year will go through the next Presidential election, the Census, and possibly appoint another Supreme Court Justice. Couple that with the fact that once they are elected, it’s SUPER hard to get them out of office (those elected to the U.S. Congress are between 93-97% likely to be re-elected).
We are always told about how important voting really is and we all do the classic nod when people ask us if we are going to vote. But the truth is, we haven’t been voting. According to fairvote.org, only about 40% of the voting eligible population votes during midterm elections.
Be a part of the 40%. In fact, let’s try to get that percentage up!! Make the promise to yourself that you will be a part of the group of people who decides who is able to run our country this year. If you hold a strong opinion about an issue and want the voting to go a certain way, vote for the person who believes similarly to you. The group of people who vote this year will make a huge impact.
Be a part of the group who votes. Don’t let anything get in your way of exercising a fundamental right of being an American. Use ReRunner to get those other chores like returning off your to-do list so you’ve got more time for the things that actually matter. Unfortunately, our elected officials don’t come with hassle-free returns like that pair of shoes from Zappos.