Target: ForceChange Community
Goal: Exercise your constitutional rights and vote this November.
This has been one of the most grueling election cycles in United States history. Scandal upon scandal, media exposé after media exposé, and no shortage of charged, vitriolic language – many U.S. citizens feel they are merely choosing between the lesser of two evils, and some have even washed their hands of the whole affair. But even if you’re in the camp of believing that there’s no candidate for you, no candidate you can truly feel good about voting for, how about feeling good about voting, period?
The right to vote began as a legal privilege in this country before our independence had even been won. It was part of our manifesto from the very beginning that this nation’s leaders would be elected by a vote of the people – thankfully, after years of political reckoning, “people” now applies to all citizens of age in this country, not just property-owning white men. As a woman, I personally find an added importance in my vote, honoring the suffragettes who fought to guarantee this basic right, and the many women before them who were disenfranchised.
If you’re in a more optimistic place about your choice for this upcoming election, or simply feeling more frightened about the alternative, there are plenty of other ways to get involved beyond casting your vote. Get in touch with your local party office to volunteer at a phone bank (making calls on a candidate’s behalf), neighborhood canvass (knocking on doors), or, if you have the means, make a donation. Of course, you needn’t stand fully behind a candidate – many people campaign on behalf of specific issue. You could become a political volunteer with non-profits such as Planned Parenthood, the Sierra Club, Color of Change, or the Humane Society. All these and other organizations understand how significantly politics effects their ability to do the work that they do, and they will have all hands on deck for this election.
If you have any trouble getting to the polls on November 8th, due to a disability or some other reason, know that there are resources available to you. Try visiting nonprofitvote.org and go to “Voting In Your State,” to find out how your special circumstances may be accommodated. And if you are able, offer to drive other people or be a volunteer on Election Day. Whatever your capacity, be sure to use your power this November – and always remember that your vote, and your effort, does matter.
Dear General Public,
By signing this petition, I pledge to vote in the upcoming federal election. Voting is my constitutionally-protected right as a citizen of the United States, and no amount of political shenanigans will convince me not to use it.
If I have the capacity, I will also pledge my time and my labor to help make sure others are able to vote, and to campaign on behalf of the issues I believe in. Free speech is also my constitutional right, and I will speak out for the things I know are right – in an election cycle as bleak as this one, hope can not afford to be silent.
In casting my vote, I will think towards the future, and vote on behalf of the environment, animal welfare, and human rights. I will vote for those who are not able to vote in this election – citizens of other countries, children, animals, and natural resources – whom I know will still be affected by the outcome. I have a voice, and I will use it.
[Your Name Here]
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