“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” – Alexander Hamilton
The U.S. Census Bureau reported that in 2008 the 2008 Presidential Election, voter turnout increased by 5 million with a total of 131 million people reported to have voted. An even more interesting fact is that the data shows that a significant amount of the increase pertained to newly registered Hispanic and young black voters.
It is a common reality that far too many minority voters in our country do not regularly, or at all vote. But this has been changing in the past few elections. With that being said, this past week, huge national controversy sparked when over 40,000 voter registration applications from Georgia seemingly went missing. It’s one thing to misplace your keys, your wallet, or your favorite pen, but Georgia’s Secretary of state can not seem to account for the thousands of voter registration applications that coincidentally would enfranchise predominately black and Hispanic Georgians.
To make the story even nastier, In September, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp publicly expressed concern that too many minority voters were registering to vote. And with just one week away from the early voting, this just seems to be another act of voter suppression. Not all that long ago did minorities get the privilege to vote at all! 1965 people!
No matter where your political affiliations and morals lie, especially for minorities in particular, educate yourself on the candidates and issues and get out there and vote! No matter if it’s the local, statewide or national level. People died so you could. So for anybody who thinks it is meaningless to vote.. here are some good reasons why:
1) If we don’t vote we are basically telling our politicians that we don’t care what they do and that is a very dangerous thing to tell them.
2) If you don’t exercise the right to vote, you’ll be a hypocrite when you complain about politics.
3) If you are not satisfied with any candidate still you can exercise “None of the above” options.
4) 10 mins of your time = 4,6,or even 10 years of good governance.