As you may or may not be aware (but should be), there is an election coming up tomorrow. No, it's not a Presidential election. No, that doesn't mean it's not important. If you are over the age of 18, eligible to vote in the United States, and capable of voting, I urge you to familiarize yourself with the ballot, find your polling place, and go vote tomorrow.
Yes, you'll have to stand in line for a long time. Go with a friend or bring a book. You'll live.
It's also okay to encourage other people to vote. But what's not okay? To berate, confront, or antagonize people who don't vote. Here's why.
1. When I was eighteen, with my bright, shiny new voter registration, I took it upon myself to become the voting police. I told EVERYONE to vote. And if they said they didn't want to, I immediately embarked on a lecture of the joy of voting and why everyone needs to do it. After far longer that I'd have given me, the poor man I was inundating with the rights and responsibilities of a U.S. citizen looked me in the eye and said quietly, "Convicted felons aren't allowed to vote."
|He probably didn't want me to know that.|
2. My husband was not born in America. Everyone knows this. Everyone remembers when he got his green card a few very short months ago. No one apparently can connect the dots. He gets a lot of flak for not voting in a country where he is not a citizen and is not allowed to vote. And it's annoying to remind 1,200 of your closet Facebook friends of something they already know. All day.
So, in short: Vote, encourage others to vote, but don't be a douche about it. There are actually valid reasons for not voting.