Today’s the day - Election Day 2016, that is. Many of us are eager and filled with insurmountable emotions about the outcome of this historic day. Regardless of who you plan to vote for, it is important to remember to vote because you have so much power as a registered voter. Many Americans have said they aren’t going to vote this year because of the options we’ve been given. But this mindset is dangerous!
Why is it Important to Vote?
With all the political hype surrounding the presidential candidates and their running mates, many forget that they aren’t the only ones on the ballot - don’t forget the political influence of everyone else on that ballot today, including US Senators and Representatives and various local offices.
The matter is simple: if you want your voice to be heard, you need to vote.
Taking to The Polls is Like Taking Charge of Your Health
A colleague of mine shared a great memory about his last election experience, and I would like to pass the ‘feels’ on to you.
Four years ago, Kiel and his girlfriend woke up early to go on a morning run before work. After they had returned and finished getting ready for the day, they headed to the polls. Kiel told me how empowered he felt throughout the rest of his day, knowing he accomplished two important things: taking control of his personal well-being, and exercising his right to vote.
That feeling was so important to him, he remembers it vividly to this very day, a whole 4 years later. We often forget just how important it is to take care of ourselves, both physically and mentally. The same goes for how we often underestimate the impact of our voice through the power of a single vote.
If you think about it, staying active and eating healthy is a lot like going to the polls on Election Day – at first, you might not want to do it, but you know if you want to see results, you need to put forth the effort. Additionally, caring about only one aspect of our health can negatively impact other parts of our lives (think getting enough sleep, eating well, stressing less, and kicking bad habits). Likewise, only caring about a single issue or candidate (or not caring at all) can be detrimental to other important political changes and advancements.
Make Your Voice Heard
So no matter where you stand, don’t forget to exercise your right to vote, just as you exercise your right to stay healthy. Hold candidates accountable for their promises, just as you hold yourself accountable for your personal health and well-being.
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P.S. It’s Not Too Late to Register to Vote
If you haven’t already, it is not too late to register to vote - you can do it right at the polls as long as you bring a photo ID and proof of residence - you can even print off your registration form to save some time. Find where to vote by checking online or calling your local city or town hall official.