It’s no secret that the U.S. has one of the lowest voter turnouts of all industrialized democratic countries. For a country so fiercely protective of freedom, the fact is that that we don’t exercise the rights that are denied to many around the world.
Maybe we simply don’t have enough reasons to vote. Luckily, the Independent Voter Network has prepared a list of 50 reasons why you should vote. Here are our ten favorite:
1. To honor Founding Father Benjamin Franklin’s challenge to us all.
Following the close of the Constitutional Convention, he was asked “What have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” He answered, “A republic, if you can keep it!”
2. So you can complain with integrity.
“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the people and burn their behinds, then they will have to sit on their blisters.” – Abraham Lincoln
3. Because “Taxation without representation is tyranny.” – James Otis
4. For the anticipation of seeing who wins!
5. For the 38,159 missing in action, awaiting a return home to their nation of equality, justice, and freedom.
6. Because you have researched your candidates and can make an informed vote
7. If you don’t vote for your own interests, who will?
8. Because “Apathy gets you the government we have today.” – Gil Sery
9. “You can vote for yourself, or someone you really like.” – Dillon McHugh
10. “Because the rest of us are depending on you.” – Marv DeBoy
If you need even more reasons to vote, check out the full list here.
The truth is democracy can’t function if almost half of citizens aren’t voting; and, in this regard, Follow My Vote is striving to restore the democratic tradition. Sign up to support Follow My Vote in our push for secure end-to-end verifiable mobile voting in the United States.
And please, don’t disappoint Benjamin Franklin. Exercise your right to vote!
About the author: Jess Kersey is Follow My Vote’s Data Scientist. Her personal reason to vote is no. 2 on this list – so she can complain with integrity!