In a democracy or republic, it’s up to us to be informed and vote. Voting is our responsibility and our right. We want to vote so that we have a say in things, so we don’t let others make decisions for us without our input. We vote so that legislators act in the public’s best interest.
First, we must register and find out how to vote. And of course, anytime we vote, we want to make our vote count and be sure to vote for the right candidates and propositions, using our critical thinking skills. That takes a little work on our part, to research the issues and candidates in the races in our area. We have a great tool at hand: VOTE411.
VOTE411 (https://www.vote411.org) is a site created by the League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan group that has been helping voters since 1920. They can be trusted to provide information without regard to party or special interests. On this site, you can find information to confirm your voting location, if you need ID when you vote, and look at the candidates and issues in your area. It’s a great way to start if you are looking for basic information about voting. You can also click on the tab “Find a Local League” to learn more about your local League of Women Voters.
Above all, I hope you vote, whether it’s early, absentee, or on November 6. Wear that sticker proudly!