Many people consider voting to be a serious civic duty. Election day comes, people are ready to vote, they know who they're voting for, and they're proud of their accomplishment. The act of voting can be seen as a chore, a pressure, or a pointless activity for many others. Many people fail to vote for a variety of reasons, but we believe that everyone's voice needs to be heard on election day.
Voting matters, especially in local and state elections. While it might seem like it doesn't matter, it does. There are plenty of elections where a small number of votes determined the outcome, despite the large numbers shown on the news. Among more than 7,400 races, there have been plenty decided by a single vote. You can find plenty of examples in the last ten years of elections that were decided by a few votes more, and that doesn't even begin to cover the elections of the past century!
In choosing not to vote, you let others make and enforce laws on your behalf. You should take an active role in deciding who on the ballot is a more suitable candidate than the others.
Registration to vote can usually be completed online within five minutes in most states. If you are a U.S. citizen and you meet the residency requirements in your state, you can vote in U.S. elections. If you live in Michigan, go to MI.gov for all of your election information.
Governing, laws, and elected officials affect your life every day, even if you don't realize it. A common statement among Voter Engagement Organizations is that "your government affects every aspect of your life.". Your government is responsible for your roads, your air, your water, your food, your schools, and your parks.
For example, there is a push for another constitutional amendment proposal that would allow early voting and ease access to elections. 669,972 signatures have been turned in already.
In Michigan, all signatures submitted must still be validated by the state Bureau of Elections and certified by the Board of State Canvassers before making the ballot in November.
Promote the Vote 2022 would expand voter access in Michigan. It would:
Allocate nine days for early voting
Establish a tracking system for absentee ballots and subsidize absentee ballots
Continue to permit registered voters without a state ID to sign an affidavit attesting to their identity
Elections can be funded by public sources and charities, subject to disclosure rules
Allow voters to register for absentee ballots for all future elections
Require ballot drop boxes for every 15,000 voters in a municipality
Establish that post-election audits can only be conducted by state and local officials
Require canvasser boards to certify election results based only on the official vote counts
You struggle to fit everything into your schedule because life is complicated. However, voting is the only way you can directly affect your community. The 24th amendment or the women's suffrage movement wouldn't have taken place if voting didn't matter.
Vote Voiced wants every person to see voting as important and a civic duty. Now is the time to make sure your voice is heard. If you live in Michigan, visit Mi.gov to register and download a free voting plan checklist at www.votevoiced.com If not, contact your State's on-line election information site.
Remember to remind 3 friends to vote. Thank you for your time and being a voter!