Tomorrow is Election Day, and everyone needs to get excited about getting out and casting their ballot. This is an off-year election, which means only that the presidential race does not coincide with the senatorial race. Voter turnout is typically low despite the importance of the issues on the ballot. CNN says that they are only anticipating a voter turn out around 40%. Well, let’s see what will be on the ballot tomorrow…
35 House seats, 33 Senate seats, governorships in 36 states, not to mention thousands of state legislative and other local races. There are also other ballot initiatives in 37 states, where voters have the opportunity to voice their opinions on such issues as the minimum wage, or stem cell research.
So obviously there is a reason to get out the vote!
You see, I believe this is a travesty that so many of those who have the right to vote are not taking advantage of this opportunity to have their voice be heard. I know you care because you are here visiting our site. Better World Books is engaged in a socially responsible business effort to improve the literacy rate in the US and around the world. More importantly perhaps, Better World Books seeks to empower college students who care about this issue, and give them the opportunity to make a difference. Illiteracy is a woman’s issue, it is a poverty issue, a hunger issue, a social justice issue, etc. Whatever your cause, wherever lies your passion, illiteracy almost definitely has an impact on that issue.
So what does your vote have to do with that? This is an important time in US History because our nation is arguably still the single most powerful and influential country in the world, and has the capability of making a huge dent in the lives of the hundreds of millions of illiterate individuals around the world.
What this means is your vote, is more then just casting a ballot for your local races, it has an impact which resounds far beyond your hometown communities or your state, because it has an international influence. You have a responsibility to show your support for the candidates that reflect your convictions, and who are going to best represent you and your passions.
Go tell your friends, your family, your neighbors, whomever. Tell everyone you know to go vote. Voting is power.