The very first presidential election that I, and probably most of you, will be able to vote in is approaching quickly. We have Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, but don’t forget Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, the Constitution Party’s nominee Darrell Castle, the Green Party’s nominee Jill Stein, and the Reform Party’s nominee Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente (just in case you guys forgot that Clinton and Trump are not the only people running for president).
Don’t forget there is also a write-in vote, in which you can write any person’s name instead of having to choose from the above nominees.
This year’s campaign for presidency seems to be filled with scandal, corruption, deceit, ignorance and fear. Never in my life have I ever been so terrified of the future of the country. One of the nominees is under FBI investigation and the other is a misogynistic, narcissistic, poor excuse for a man who is accused of sexually harassing/assaulting women. But since the election is only a few days away, it is a matter of who is the lesser of two evils.
For those of you who believe your vote doesn’t matter, THAT IS ABSOLUTELY UNTRUE. Our generation (millennials) is the greatest number to match that of the baby boomers of the post-WWII era who are eligible to vote. If every eligible millennial voted, we’d be able to make a statement in this election, but that’s not the case. If you’re already registered to vote, please go out and vote. Your vote is important and your participation reflects the democratic society that we are fortunate enough to live in. Do not forget about the men and women who fought for years and years for women and people of color to vote.
Do not forget that there are other things to vote for on November 8, including state Senators & Representatives and propositions. It is okay to not vote for everything on the ballot, but please educate yourself on things that you are able to vote for, such as the propositions. There’s a plethora of websites that will give you information about each proposition. Voter Guide provides information regarding each proposition, include what a yes and no vote means and the pros and cons of each (http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/en/propositions/). Make sure that you read each one carefully because propositions are written specifically to confuse voters.
So please, if you really care about the future of this country, go out and vote. Make your voice heard and make a change.
Posted on November 5, 2016 by Feneyda Guerrero