Voting: a new responsibility

Election Day is coming up next month. Although it’s too late to register to vote for one of the presidential candidates, you still need to cast a ballot so your voice can be heard.

If you can’t make it to your polling location you can still vote absentee. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.

You may have found yourself asking “Is it worth it to vote?” It’s worth your time by getting informed, prepared and registered to vote. Whether your ideals and morals do or don’t reflect those of one of the candidates in any given election, vote for the lesser of the two evils.

You may be thinking that applying for voter registration is too hard or complicated, but that is not the case. Unfortunately, the date to register passed on Oct. 15, but they only need a few pieces of information in order to get you registered. Basic information required is your date of birth, permanent address, social security number, and signature. This only takes five minutes to fill out! Addressing information is also given to send off to your county’s registrar office.

Now you might be thinking, “Wait, there’s a possibility I won’t be in my home town to vote on Election Day.” Don’t worry; you can still cast your absentee ballot. The deadlines to get these in is Oct. 30 by 5 p.m. by mail and Sat. Nov. 3 in person. This should take you even less time to fill out, approximately two to two and a half minutes. Your signature, address you want your ballot mailed to and the reason why you need to vote absentee are all that you need to fill out.

Even though some people are choosing to not vote in this election, you can still vote for senators, congressmen/women, mayors and governors. This is your community. By casting a ballot at the local and regional level, you are voting on issues as equal as those on the national level. Vote to affect your community. Please do not be daunted by the task of voting. It is very easy. So good luck, and I hope you all turn out and vote, whether for a liberal or conservative candidate.