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With elections right around the corner, now is the time to read up on your local candidates and get out there and vote. Some people may not see the importance and privilege of voting, but it is the vehicle through which we are given our freedom. In the United States, we are given the opportunity to voice our opinions through voting. Voters in the US are awarded a right that many other countries are fighting constantly to win because it truly matters to have a voice. While the presidential elections are crucial and publicised, people often forget that local elections take place on a more consistent basis, and are just as important.

Create a Government that Represents You.

When people don’t vote, they are willingly sacrificing a government that truly represents the people. State and local elections can affect your day-to-day life. These individuals voted into office are the ones working every day to create new policies to represent their city, town, state, etc. It is important to have a voice in your civic culture. Civics involve daily goings on where you live that have any sort of impact on how you live your life.

While it is largely debated whether or not elections determine the will of the people, there is some aspect of accountability when reelections come into play. Voting shows politicians where the will of the people lie.

Does it financially benefit you to vote?

There have been studies that show greater resources are delegated to voter populations who show up – and this makes sense. When you band together with a group of like-minded people to vote for someone, most likely that individual will have the ideals of said group. The more people show up, the more likely it is that that individual is elected, therefore allowing the population to be represented and reap the rewards.

You’re not the only one who thinks their voice won’t be heard.

Odds are, you aren’t the only person saying, “I’m just one person, it doesn’t matter if I don’t vote.” If everyone thought that way, no one shows up to the polls. In an environment where bipartisanship is becoming more distinct than ever, it is important for those individuals with moderate opinions to get out there and vote, even when they think it might not matter. Educate yourself on the issues and form a decision. Your voice matters, and deserves to be heard this coming November.  Find your polling place and get out there.