Today is Election Day! If you’re someone who thinks your vote doesn’t matter, or that voting won’t actually change anything, I’m here to prove you wrong.
Perhaps you’re thinking, today is only midterm elections – the presidential election is more important. False. Midterm elections are when we vote for governors, congressman, and senators. Those in Congress are the ones choosing what bills to write, which go to the floor, and which pass. With the GOP poised to take over the Democrat-controlled Senate, each vote truly does matter. There are several tight governor races, particularly in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Florida, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, and Wisconsin. Depending on who wins, we could see dramatic shifts in the political landscape, which would heavily impact the 2016 presidential election. Those who we vote into office today will influence the outcomes of several hot topics…
Do you like smoking weed? Yes? Well I bet you’d like to smoke without having to fear the slammer. Several states and cities will be voting today on easing marijuana restrictions. As more states legalize, there will be more pressure on the federal government to take a more passive stance. So before you take another hit, get out and vote.
Do you think same-sex marriage should be legal everywhere? Richard Tisei is an openly gay Massachusetts Republican running for Congress. If elected, he plans to be a strong supporter of same-sex marriage. Maura Healey is a Massachusetts Democrat running for Attorney General. If elected, she would be the first openly gay attorney general in the country. She played a key role in challenging the Defense of Marriage Act.
Do you think Obama has done good for the country? Perhaps you’ve noticed the economy getting stronger, or you’ve benefited from the Affordable Care Act. If Republicans take the Senate, they will control Congress. This will make it incredibly difficult for Obama to pass any meaningful legislation.
Are you a sexually active individual? Are you a female taking birth control, or are you a male whose significant other uses birth control? Thanks to Obamacare, birth control, which was once over $100 a month, is now free of charge. Many Republicans are in favor of over-the-counter birth control. This sounds great, but if birth control is over-the-counter, insurance companies won’t cover it, and you’ll be paying the big bucks for it again.
I cannot stress enough the importance of voting. Consider that in 2010, Democrats in Pennsylvania lost the governor’s race by 20 votes. Over in Ukraine, a war is going on, and they just had an election with 60 percent turnout. The right to vote has been fought for throughout history, and it’s our responsibility as citizens to uphold it.