Written by: Jordanne Nichols
Illustrations by: Ponomariova_Maria
A vote can seem like a meaningless ballot in a sea of millions of people, voices, and opinions. It can almost seem like it doesn’t matter and won’t affect those around you. With today’s divided political climate and tense atmosphere, opting out of voting may seem like the best option. Many people share these thoughts and fears for the future, so voting is especially important this year. It may seem like a meaningless piece of paper, but it is a shout to the world for a better future. Using your voice for change is necessary to create a world accepting of all, regardless of race, sexuality, religion, or belief.
Therefore, voting is one of the most potent acts for change and cultivates a brighter future for those all around you. While your vote may not seem like it affects you, it can create more opportunities for communities all across the country and the world. Change starts with you, or as Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”
2020 has been a year filled with many challenges and disappointments, but the opportunity for a brighter future starts this November. This election year, I ask everyone to think on a global scale. Ask yourself these questions: What type of world do I want to live in? Who do I want to provide a future for? What is important to me?
The November 3 vote is for so much more than just the presidency. It is a voice for those forgotten, for those unheard, and those that truly need you. Use your voice as a protest and fight for those around you. “If we don’t vote, we are ignoring history and giving away the future.” – Pat Mitchell