To the Editor:
Does voting really matter? Growing up, my father never voted. In fact, he always poo pooed the idea of voting.
He would always say, “Why vote? Nothing ever gets done.“
He believed politicians were all the same ... cheaters, crooks, liars, and thieves.
It’s a shared belief millions of Americans have, and sadly there are politicians who do fit that description. So why vote?
We vote because it matters. All Americans over the age of 18 have the right to vote, but only 57% of eligible voters turned out in 2016. I’m sure the 43% of potential voters had reasons to stay home, but despite their reasons, they failed to capitalize on voicing their needs, wants, and beliefs.
They failed to stand up and be counted, and unfortunately there are some who don’t know that there is more to an election than just who becomes president.
To the legalization of marijuana, to the length of how high your backyard fence can be, is all dictated by our local elected officials. We cannot ignore local political offices and those who are running for them.
We all have opinions on issues that affect our lives. Whether it’s the economy, healthcare, or immigration. It is also our duty to know who our elected officials are, and to know if they share the same beliefs and opinions on the issues that affect us the most.
In this year’s election, people will elect or vote for candidates who oppose or support President Trump’s agenda, and one of those voters will be my father.
For the first time in his life, my father will vote in this year's General Election. My father is worried of what this country has become under Trump’s presidency. He is worried about the rising cost of health care and the ineffectiveness of this administration handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the first time, my father will be a doer and not complainer. So let your voice be heard this November and vote!