why you should vote, and why your vote *does* matter

  • This is (to put it mildly) a weird election. Even Texas has had a few close polls. There’s a lot of uncertainty this year, so you’re more likely to be living in a closeish state this year than in other years.
  • It’s your civic duty. Seriously, I don’t want to get all emotional here, but democracy doesn’t work if people don’t vote. (not that our democracy doesn’t have other problems! But this is one of them) Especially if you’re a woman, or non-white, or non-land-owning: people fought for your right to vote. (and if you’re a white land-owning male, well, that’s what the American Revolution was about!)
  • If you think there’s “no difference” between Hillary and Trump…I don’t even know where to begin. The Democratic and Republican party platforms are remarkably different. Hillary wants to raise the minimum wage, Trump wants to build a wall and ban Muslim immigrants (maybe? I can’t keep up…), they differ on taxes, etc., etc., etc.
  • More seriously, even if your state is deep red or dark blue, people pay attention to the popular vote margin. I want Trump to lose by the widest margin possible to send a message that we the people reject his anti-immigrant, authoritarian candidacy.

Go make sure you’re registered! Check on when your state allows early voting! Plan on voting!

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