5Days4Democracy: Why Vote?

In preparation for this blog posting I ran across the following and am including a sampling of opinions.

100 Influential Women on Why They’re Voting in the 2020 Election

 https://www.marieclaire.com/politics/a33264457/women-voting-2020 election/ 

 Stacey Abrams, 2018 Georgia gubernatorial candidate; Founder of Fair Fight Action

“I am voting because voting is power.” 

Madeline Albright, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN; former U.S. Secretary of State

“It is the privilege and responsibility of every U.S. citizen to vote this November.” 

Nikki Haley, Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN

“Voting allows us to make America more free, more just, and more equal for all.”

 Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Senator (D-MN); 2020 presidential candidate

 “Vote because it’s your right—and your responsibility.”

Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. National Security Advisor; former U.S. Secretary of State

“Voting is the most important way to make our voice heard in pushing for change toward a better America in which all can prosper.” 

Continuing my research, I found an excellent article available through the EBSCOhost database patrons have access to at the Rocky River Public Library’s website under “Research Resources”. In the article Shonda Rhimes interviews Michelle Obama about voting and its importance.

Rhimes, S. (2020). Why You Need to Vote. Harper’s Bazaar, 3684, 72.

“…At the end of the day, someone is going to be making the decisions about how much money your schools get and how tax money is distributed. Voting gives you a say in those matters. It can also be your way of saying that you care about your community and the people in it, that you are going to keep showing up and making your voice heard, even when the candidates don’t set your heart on fire. Because if you wait for that to happen, you might be waiting a long time. And meanwhile, the world moves on without you. But when we all vote, in all elections, we get the kind of responsive leadership that speaks for our families and our communities…” 

Michelle Obama states that “when you don’t vote, you are giving away your power to someone else—someone who doesn’t see the world the same as you. You’re letting them make some really key decisions about the way you live.”

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