You and Your Vote: Why You Matter

Reasons Why You Should Vote

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There used to be a time when the ‘regular’ and the ‘ordinary’ people did not really have a say when it came to any sort of decision regarding their welfare. In that distant past, every decision regarding every specific concern was left up to the hands of the ruler or the monarch, the people trusting that this monarch knows and understands what’s best. Of course, as history would have it, people began to realize that the monarch cannot really decide for everyone else – people needed to voice out their opinions and preferences, too.

And this is why, today, people now recognize the value of voting. At the very least, even when it’s just a matter of voicing out your food preference, or making it known that you desire an Amsterdam holiday above any other city, telling people about your vote matters, even if it means simply writing a tech blog about it. When it comes to more serious issues, such as the in the choice of leader, your voice matters all the more. If you’re still not that convinced, here are a few reasons why you should make your vote count.

 

Voting is like choosing a door – it determines where you’ll find yourself next.

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First of all, your vote represents your voice. Voting signifies your willingness to take part in the entire electoral process. Voting signifies that you are ready and willing to be held accountable for the way your city or your country is to be run. Ultimately, voting shows the rest of humanity that you intend to actively take part in the matters that will directly or indirectly affect you, that you aren’t the kind of person who would just take things lying down.

Second, casting your vote is the patriotic thing to do. Think of being a citizen of the country as similar to being a member of a particular family. And this family is trying to come up with a decision on how to make family dealings better and much smoother. What do you do? Of course, in full support of your family, you’re going to take part in the process of coming up with these decisions, right? It’s the same with your country. Voting is your act of showing support and allegiance to your country, your home.

Third, casting your vote reduces your chances at hypocrisy. There are a lot of people whose main talent seems to be criticizing what they did not help build. This is why you see a lot of people who can’t seem to understand that in order to properly criticize anything (governments included), there has to be the minimum requirement – did you actively take part in making sure that the abuse of power does not happen? Did you make sure that you voted for the right people? Casting your vote shows that you’re being a responsible (and not hypocritical) member of society and that you’re really doing your part.

Fourth, even if your favored candidate does not win, there’s still a considerable amount of significance in knowing that you did your part. At the end of the day, what matters is that in your heart of hearts, in the silence of your own little corner, you can say for a fact that you did what you saw needed to be done.