“Don’t boo,” President Obama said in his 2016 Democratic National Convention speech. “Vote.”
With Donald Trump as the official Republican presidential nominee, those three words summarize this election season perfectly. A business tycoon with a questionable tax history, a bigoted vocabulary, and zero time spent in politics is running against the first-ever female presidential candidate who just so happens to have 30-plus years of political experience. It sounds absurd, but it’s the reality we live in. It has galvanized a nation to rise up, rally, and speak up about the election because we want our voices heard, even if only on social media. Britain’s exit from the E.U. this year should be a wake-up call to many. The “my vote won’t count” mentality negates the very foundations of democracy and can, as we saw with Brexit, lead to surprising, potentially unsettling results.
We went down at the Democratic National Convention this year and asked attendees why they’re hitting the polls. For many, it’s a no-brainer: Not voting is an insult to the people who have fought for the right to do so. Even U.S. residents who can’t vote, recognize the importance of this election and wish to make a difference in any way they can.
It’s your voice, your right. Rock it accordingly.