This Week, Register to Vote! Maria A Hernandez

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, I’m sure you are all aware that a presidential election is coming up in November.

This isn’t about me forcing my political views on you, so I suggest that you keep reading. As far as I’m concerned you’re entitled to think whatever you want. That’s the whole point of the Constitution, non?

Here’s what I’m here to tell you:

REGISTER TO VOTE, ASAP.

Registration deadlines are coming up pronto. It varies by state so I can’t give you guys an all-encompassing deadline. However, I’m such a helpful and patriotic human being  that I’m here to help: You can visit Electionland.com to check out the registration deadlines for your state.

Look, you don’t want to miss out on exercising your God-give right to choose our country’s leaders because you forgot to register to vote. The easiest way to participate in the democratic process, and have your voice be heard, is to vote. If you’re over 18, there’s no reason for you not to. If Gabby Douglas won multiple gold medals for the USA, then the least you can do is vote.

Politically, I have no idea where any of you stand, but I do know that you have some thoughts on how the country should be run. Voting is the way to have your thoughts be heard! I’m not going to pretend like your vote is going to decide who wins the election, but you can join your voice to that of other people with similar opinions. Strength in numbers, cliche, but true.

The issues that are decided at the local, state and federal levels each day will either affect you directly or someone you know. Take advantage of your vote and make sure that you, and those you love, will only be impacted positively by choosing leaders that represent you the way you want to be represented. Case in point: the Affordable Care Act (hooray!).

There are a number of ways that you can become more involved with the election process as well. Number one, of course, is to register to vote and actually go vote. However, you can also volunteer at your local democratic or republican headquarters. Candidates are always looking for volunteers for their campaigns. Do it!

This is the first year that I’m going to vote in a presidential election. Why? Because I barely became a citizen in April. I’m now the proud owner of a shiny naturalization certificate and American passport. It took me 16 years to become a citizen so maybe that’s why I’m so excited to finally get to participate in an election. Back in 2008, when I was a wee 19 year old, I was pretty bummed that I didn’t get to vote. It was sad because not having the option to say who I wanted to run the nation was depressing. Needless to say, I am pumped to get my, “I Voted,” sticker.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go feed my pet bald eagles, America and Washington, while “Party in the USA” plays in the background.

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  1. But definitely still extremely important to vote down ticket races. The presidential race is important on many levels and affects everyone in the nation but your state senators and representatives are extremely important as well. These are the people that affect you directly within your own local city and state laws. Don’t let drop off (i.e. only voting for the President) affect those other politicians that can really make a difference locally. : )

  2. If there is anything I find particularly annoying, it’s when people say that they don’t vote because it “doesn’t matter anyway”. Could you imagine what we could accomplish if fewer people had this mindset? No it’s not a perfect Utopia of flawless American Idol text voting, but it’s a damn sight better than HUNDREDS of countries around the world. It’s sad.
    Also, JURY DUTY IS AWESOME.