Early Voting is Now Open! October 22 – November 2, 2012
There are a lot of good reasons to vote, but HISD might have just provided the best motivation to get out there for early voting from October 22 – November 2 or on the November 6 election day. Check out the video, encouraging your to vote early. Go HERE to find an early voting location.
I’m sure you’ve heard about the upcoming presidential election. HISD also has a bond issue that, if approved, would rebuild or renovate 38 schools in neighborhoods across Houston, upgrade technology in all HISD classrooms, and more.
Why do you need to vote? Think back to high school history class. Women fought for 72 years before getting the right to vote in 1920. The women who started the movement, and dedicated their lives to women’s suffrage, died before the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which provided: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” I personally feel obligated to vote because of the opportunity they gave me but never had for themselves.
Not enough? Without the vote, you do not get representation. The issues you care about will not be considered because the lawmakers do not depend on you to be re-elected. Political candidates know if you are a registered and an active voter, so if you want representation, the right to vote is not enough. You actually have to vote.
The issues of today have changed from 100 years ago, but the truth remains the same. If you want to influence public affairs, you have to vote. Yes, your preferred candidate may not win, but the elected official must consider the concerns of active voters, and active voting communities, if he or she wants to be re-elected.
The same goes for the HISD bond issue. If you want it, you need to vote. If you don’t want it, you also need to vote. And doesn’t this video get you excited to vote?!
If you still decide not to vote, be sure to mention that first before complaining about the election results!