As a U.S. citizen, you are granted many, hard-fought privileges, which manifest themselves in the form of rights and duties. As a contributing citizen, your right to vote is the bedrock of U.S. democracy. By exercising your constitutional right to vote, you fulfill your duty – making your voice a contributing factor in the advancement of society. To help explain the importance of your vote, we’ve listed key reasons as to what voting means for you and your community:
1) It is Your Constitutional Right.
More than simply electing officials, voting offers you the opportunity to choose the policies and people that affect your local community, state, and the country as a whole.
2) It Affects Your Professional Life.
The officials you vote for, including members of Congress, governor, and president, all make decisions pertinent to health insurance, workers’ rights, minimum wage, and even fair hiring practices.
3) It Affects Your Access to Health Care.
With your vote, elected government officials are granted the right to take action on laws that affect your access to health care. By voting, you get a say in who is chosen to represent you and work with your best interest in mind.
4) Social Security.
President and congress officials contribute to changes in payroll tax and Medicare services you receive. Their decisions also affect changes in the cost of living and benefits from your Social Security pension.
5) Allocation of Federal Funds and Neighborhood Safety.
Your vote indicates what issues are most important to you and your community, allowing government officials to address those concerns and allocate federal funds appropriately. Such funds are used to benefit education, youth development, health care, job creation, the environment, and more. Elected officials also make decisions that further impact your local community, law enforcement, city planning, and the building of schools, parks, and recreational centers.
Local, state, and federal officials that you elect contribute to policies and funding that affect the quality of child education and the cost of higher education. By voting for officials that work in your best interest, you allow yourself and your children a chance at a brighter future through better education and employment.
Remember, even if you are not 18 years old, or are not a U.S. citizen you can still participate civically and be a contributing member to your community by staying informed, being a part of the election conversation, and volunteering.
Voting is one of the most important rights granted to you as a U.S. citizen – your voice is an essential contribution to U.S. democracy. If you are or know someone who is a U.S. citizen who is not registered to vote, visit our website to learn more and easily register to vote in your local, state, and national elections.