5 Reasons Why You Need to Vote Today

No excuses.

By Camille Styles
why you should vote at the 2018 midterm elections this year

I’ll start with a confession that I’m not proud to admit: I’ve never voted in a midterm election. But I think it’s important to share, because data from the polls reports that in the last midterms only 43 percent of eligible women and 41 percent of eligible men came out to vote… so let’s just say that I’m not alone. Thanks to the political roller coaster we’ve all been on since then, it’s going to be exciting to (hopefully) see record turn out at the polls this year, and I’m confident that many of you have experienced the same wake up call to our responsibility to make our voices heard politically.

I can honestly say that I wouldn’t dream of not voting this year, and after casting my vote last week, I used it as an opportunity to share with my kids the importance of supporting the candidate that represents the issues we hold in highest importance. Today’s election will shape US politics for at least the next two years. If you haven’t voted yet, I urge you to carve out time in your calendar to head to the polls today.

Your vote matters. Vote for those who will champion what you believe in and don’t let anything get in the way of getting you there.

Here’s how to confirm your registration and find out where to vote near you. Know that you may get time off from work to vote. Do a little research about what’s on the ballot. And if you need help or information at the polls, just ask. Scroll on for 5 more reminders that there are no excuses not to vote. Share them with a friend who might be on the fence!

featured illustration by Libby VanderPloeg

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