Why Exactly It’s Important To Vote

(Please Vote: Democracy Depends On It!!)

George Carlin is famous for a lot of things, among them, a quip about how voting is “meaningless,” and how those who do vote are the ones who are to blame for the country’s “mess.” Now, I love me some classic George Carlin comedy, but he was dead wrong on his little diatribe about not voting. Choosing to not vote means willingly giving up a hard-fought constitutional right and abandoning a duty and responsibility of a productive member of a Democratic society. Specifically, choosing to not vote does several things: Erodes Democracy, weakens our policies and social contract and increases inequality, and diminishes the lives lost of those who have fought for Democracy. So why are so many people choosing to not vote when voting is one of the most important things a person can do and is so integral to our country’s very survival?

Source: Pew Research Center calculations based on data from International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, European Election Database, United States Election Project, Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives and various national election authorities.
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It’s clear that every vote matters.

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Policy Researcher / Emerge CA Alum / World Traveler / Mom / Founder parentinginpolitics.com / HuffPo Guest Writer / Let’s get more progressive women elected!

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