Your vote matters
With less than three weeks until the Nov. 3 election, time is slowly winding down and I am becoming more and more nervous each day about what the outcome of the election might be.
If your social media pages look anything like mine right now, then you’ve already been asked a hundred times to get out and vote.
So I’m sorry that I’m going to say it again, but I feel that it’s really important. So please, vote.
I’ll be honest with you. I put off registering for longer than I should have because I was not thrilled about either presidential candidate. Like a lot of Americans this year, I’ve had to ask myself which direction I would like to settle.
I know what my answer is and I’m not here to tell you which way to vote, but just to remember that choosing not to vote is a privilege.
Deciding that there are no societal issues that bother you enough to vote against is a privilege.
And I’m saying this to all of you, because it is something that I have had to remind myself of over the past few months as well. But while settling for a presidential candidate, we also need to remind ourselves that we are making decisions at a local and state level that will impact not just us, but those around us, for many years to come.
Less than 20 days until the election seems daunting but there is still time to get yourself accustomed to what is on the ballot.
At this point, I’m sure many of you have made decisions about who you would like to vote in as our next president, but also remember to become familiar with who you are voting for at the state level as well as in the community.
I’m also sure many of you have already done your due diligence and registered and even have voted by mail.
If you haven’t though, no worries. Registering in Michigan is easy, and we have until the day of the election to register if we’re voting in person.
And if you’re voting by mail and have your absentee ballot, remember to get that in the mail as soon as possible.
So if you haven’t voted or even registered, that’s OK. There is still time to get in contact with your county clerk and find out the best way you can make an impact during this election year.
Like I said before, it’s not my job to tell you who to cast your vote for, but please, on (or before) Nov. 3, cast your vote.
Catherine Sweeney is a reporter for the Herald Review. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.