After months of being bombarded with negative campaigning, sleazy tactics and countless calls to our home, we are finally here.
Some of my friends and colleagues shocked me today though by stating that they didn't want to vote for the following reasons:
1) I JUST DON'T CARE (WTF?)
2) Party politics have turned me off- I don't know who to believe
3) I don't have time
Voting is one of the most important things that make us American. It is a freedom that I take seriously. Especially as a woman, it is my civic duty. Regardless of the negative campaigns and the party politics (and yes, it drives me super crazy too), I do care. I care about how much I am being taxed. I care about my community and my son's future schools. I care about MN small businesses. I care about job creation. I CARE. How can you not care? I simply cannot fathom that statement! As far as not having time, that is total B.S. The law says that your employer has to give you the time (I guess if that is your excuse). This is what the law states:
In 2010, the Minnesota Legislature expanded employees' opportunity to be absent from work without penalty to vote. Legislators removed the provision that had previously allowed such absences only in the morning of Election Day.
Every employee who is eligible to vote has the right to be absent without penalty or loss of salary or wages. Under the new law, employees have the right to be absent from work “for the time necessary to appear at the employee’s polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work on the day of that election.”
Employers or "other persons" may not either directly or indirectly refuse or otherwise interfere with an employee’s right to take the time to vote on Election Day. Violations of the statute are guilty of a misdemeanor.
So... the excuse that there is no time doesn't really fly.
As far as frustrating party politics, I'm with you. I, too, feel like the race for Governor is almost worth a huge eye roll. But, I did my due diligence. I did my research. I voted for the candidate whom I felt most closely aligned with my values and concerns.
I guess, if you can't see the importance of what it means to have a Vote in this great country, then you give up all your rights to complain. Whether you believe it or not, you have a voice. Whether you agree or not, you have a voice. Use it. Vote today.