- I Don’t Have Time to Stand in Line
This excuse may be a valid one, if so many people weren’t willing to stand in line and wait for other things. We all know a friend or family member that has woken up at the crack of dawn to stand in line at Best Buy or Walmart on Black Friday. Heck, you yourself may have rolled out of bed to stand in line for two hours to wait to get a TV or two. Or maybe you’ve been one of those people to wait in line to get the latest iPhone or pair of Jordans.
The point here is this. People are eager to wait in line for small picture material items, but are reluctant to wait in line to vote. That sounds crazy. Taxes are always on the ballot. If you want more money to spend on phones and shoes, try voting. In fact, if it will get you to the poll faster, think of voting as an opportunity to possibly earn you some extra spending money. Everyone could use some extra coin. And if you still can’t wrap your mind around waiting in line to vote, then GO vote early if your state allows it.
- There’s No Candidate that I Agree with on All the Issues
You’ve got to be kidding me with this excuse. Do you understand how rare it is you will find a politician that you agree with on every single issue? I mean I absolutely love President Obama and voted for him in both 2008 and 2012, but I don’t agree with him wholeheartedly on certain things. And that’s okay. I voted for him because I thought he was the best person for the job.
Think of it this way. When you buy an album from an artist, there are usually one or two tracks on the album you just don’t like. However, you invest in the project because you believe in the overall vision the musician is selling. Look, you may not agree with everything a candidate says or does, but I’m sure there is one candidate that you more closely align with than the other. So vote for that person, and while he/she is in office, continue to use your voice to help change their point of view on things, or at least recognize your perspective.
- I Don’t Know Where My Polling Place Is
This excuse is really not even worth me going into detail about. Here is a website to help you find your polling place. It list early voting polling places, as well as Election Day polling sites. Just check it out and stop being lazy.
Where is My Polling Place
- It Won’t Matter If I Don’t Vote
The problem with this line of thinking, is that too many people have it. Millions of people are under the impression their voice doesn’t matter, but it does. You can’t assume your preferred candidates will win the election if you don’t vote. I thought people would get this after the 2000 Presidential Election. Heck, I thought people would understand this after every American Idol Finale that didn’t pan out like they thought it would. So go to the poll people.
- The System is Rigged
I made this excuse number one on my list, because the pure irony involved with it. I’ve had conversations with acquaintances who are always complaining how policies in the country are made to empower certain demographics, while disenfranchising others. These acquaintances will flood the streets of DC and New York screaming “black lives matter”, and join in the hashtag movement. However, they won’t vote and take steps to cause change on the most fundamental level. Marching and protesting is pointless if you aren’t willing to exercise a right to get your rights.
The system will always be “rigged” if you continue to be silent on Election Days. If you continue not to vote for president, governor, county executive, mayor, sheriff, and other important positions, then you’re in the streets for nothing. You want change, well vote for people who are committed and able to change a system from within. And when they get elected and you feel they aren’t doing enough, hold their feet to the fire and hold them accountable. Or perhaps find a legitimate candidate to run against them next election cycle.