Unless one is living under a rock, one is aware there is a major election looming.
Celebrities, schools, companies and politicians are all pushing for voter registration and turnout for the election.
From our TVs to our social media — everyone is pushing for our vote. For some, the messaging may be annoying or overwhelming. Social media can be an escape.
Afterall, it is where we go for cat videos.
But the push for the vote is understandable. According to the United States Census Bureau, about 61.4% of voting age citizens reported voting in 2016. The number was down slightly from 2012 at 61.8%.
Our right to vote and choose our elected officials is a hallmark of American democracy. Yet, roughly 40% of people who could vote, did not exercise that right.
Officials are promoting the various ways voters can participate in the election. Some voters may not feel comfortable physically going to the polls due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Others may have to work on Election Day or may not have the patience to stand in lines.
Voters must find a way to ensure their votes are counted. File an absentee ballot or vote-by-mail application. Follow all directions to ensure your vote counts and is not disqualified due to predetermined rules.
Educate yourself on the candidates and issues at all levels. Your vote matters locally and nationally.
Register to vote before the deadlines either online or by mail.
For Pennsylvania residents, there is a 2020 voter registration application included in every edition of The Slate this week. Extra applications are also available at newsstands.
Voting shows us that our voices matter and that we have say on the world that’s changing around us.
Educate yourself and vote your conscience. Your vote matters.