Why vote?

By Susie Huhn, MA
Chief Executive Officer

Arizona primaries are over and as predicted we experienced very low voter turn out. Many people think that their vote does not matter. Imagine if everyone felt that way – we would never elect a president! There have been many, many elections – not just on a local level – that have been decided by less than 100 votes. So thinking that your vote does not count could not be farther from the truth. There is now time to register to vote and educate yourself on how you want to vote before the November elections.

Registration is available online, in person and by mail. To register online, citizens can visit www.azsos.gov and click the voter registration icon.

Do you complain about the policies of your children’s school? If so, ask yourself, “Did I vote for the members of our school board? Do I even know the members of the school board?” Change starts at a grass roots level, and all change starts by electing people to implement change, whether it is a mayor or a legislator.

Remember, too, when you are unhappy with the condition of your town’s roads, our school system, or the lack of services for vulnerable children and families – being involved, voting for and knowing your elected officials will enable you to voice your complaints to the appropriate representatives. You voted for them and they work for you.

Whether the excuse is apathy or laziness, voting has become a privilege that far many too Americans take for granted. The next time you neglect to vote, ask yourself how you would feel if you didn’t have a choice – to elect a president, or choose a job, or decide how many children to have. There are many countries where a person does not have a choice, and I’m sure they would gladly change places with you for the fundamental privilege of voting!

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  • Linda Arzoumanian

    Too many people tell me that their vote doesn’t count or that they can’t make a difference. They can’t and it won’t if they don’t participate in the process.
    We have a country based on democracy but we could very well lose our freedoms if people don’t vote.

  • Rich Taylor

    I hear this all the time but what I don’t hear is “after you vote, you have a responsibility to make sure they perform the job they promised to perform”. The full responsibility of a voter is to not only educate themselves on the candidate and how they align with their own idea’s and values; but also continuously monitor that politician and make sure they understand “I have the freedom to vote for whomever I choose.” Voting just because they have “history” in office does no good. That lack of initiative to hold politicians accountable is just as damaging as not voting.