It's March 15th so in Illinois and 4 other midwest states it is time to vote in the primaries. I've seen so much crazy on social media and in blogs and just everywhere lately because its an election year and sometimes its great to see people be so involved and interested and sometimes it is just downright scary.
So here is why I vote.
1. Because we can. As an American citizen I have the right to vote, to express some concern for who will be governing at the local, state and national level. There are still places in the world where the citizens can't vote, can't afford to vote or have so many restrictions they are unable to.
2. Because I am a woman who can vote. It was really not that long ago that women did not have the right to vote in this country and there are still MANY women in this world who can't and may never get to vote. They don't have that luxury. I do.
3. Because I care about the decisions being made that effect my future. The elected officials locally, statewide and nationally all make decisions that can effect our lives in one way or another. I care if they change laws that pertain to women's health and their decisions about their bodies, I care if they raise my taxes when I get to certain bracket, I care if my brother who is about to graduate high school also has to end up with nearly 6 figures in student debt in order to get a degree. I care if my sister has to stress about whether she can afford daycare for her child or needs to get an even lower paying job with less hours so she doesn't have to pay half her check for it. These things matter.
4. Because I don't want the majority of voters making choices about our politicians to be over the age of 50 and not in touch with the reality of younger generations. THEY are the ones that vote, they are the ones who encourage the decisions that people my age and younger bitch about and think make no sense. Don't like? Get your ass out and vote.
5. Because I am a minority. Not only am I am woman, I am also a minority. I was born here BUT that doesn't change the color of my skin, the background, the family I come from. I refuse to be a statistic, another Latin female who doesn't vote, who doesn't participate in making any changes. I have family that were immigrants and I have friends that are immigrants. I have opinions and concerns about the immigration policies in place and suggested by candidates. They matter.
6. Because I have no right to complain if I don't. If you don't vote you have no right to be disgusted by certain candidates or complain about the current President or bitch about any of that. You didn't participate on any level. Politicians don't elect themselves they have to start somewhere. They don't pull ideas out of their asses, if your congressman is doing a shit job then when they are up for reelection they can be booted. Get involved.
So there you have it.
I didn't mention who I voted for because that is not really relevant and also I don't have time to get into a keyboard war with anyone who disagrees. So if your state hasn't voted yet, get on it when they do. If they have and you didn't vote then register and make sure you do in November.
If you are not sure if you are registered to vote you can check here!
For more information about the candidates check out Presidential-Candidates.inside.gov
Take advantage and be involved.