Go Out and Vote

by Christine Fawson Cedar City

With the election right around the corner, people are getting more and more frustrated with the candidate choices. I have heard people say that they either do not want to vote, or vote for “the lesser of two evils.” These two things are wrong to think.

When it comes to the election there are some things to remember; each vote counts, there are more than two candidates, do research and vote for who is the best person for the job, and remember why voting is important. Each vote counts. Even if you write in a name or vote for a third party. What happens is, it affects the Electoral College. If more people knew they have more than two options and started voting for another party, the Electoral College will sway to another party, and the state can become a swing state. In the long run this is a great thing to be.

Even if you do not like anyone running for president, remember that there are other items on the ballot that you are voting on. One of the most important items to vote on is the state senator. This person is the person who represents the state and says what that state wants. Remember there are more than the Democratic and Republican parties. There are many more, the Liberal, Conservative, and Green parties are a few examples. We are not just stuck with two choices for president. So the phrase of voting for “the lesser of two evils” does not apply, because we have a handful of people who are running for president.

So when you are thinking who to vote for, do the research on all of the candidates. Doing the research can be difficult to decipher what is real and what is not. Try to look for the credible sources. By looking at where the information came from is one of the best ways to do this. Do not be quick to judge, and look at both sides of the information. When you feel you have done enough research that you can make an educated decision, then decide who will be the best person for the job.

One thing to always remember is the reasons why we vote. We vote for who best will represent our country, we vote for all those who suffered and sacrificed their lives for the freedom to vote, and we vote for respect for ourselves. If you do not have the respect enough to vote, then you do not have the right to complain about who is president. Those who do not vote are the only ones who are wasting their vote.

We live in a country that is amazing and we are part of what makes it incredible. Do your part and vote with an educated choice of who you think will best serve our country.

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