Out of all the things you can do to impact your life and those around you, voting is high on the list. Okay, so maybe your vote has no power when you vote against your state’s main candidate in the presidential elections. Even so, on the local level, your vote does have power and won’t be buried by your state.
Not to mention, it keeps you up to date on what’s going on where you live. Yet, a lot of people don’t take advantage of this. They wait until the presidential election to be heard. With all the benefits that come with voting locally, it’s time for us to buck the trend.
1. You have more power
First off, on the local level, you don’t have to worry about the electoral college. Second, politicians have fewer people they are trying to make happy. If they see a group of dedicated voters that care about a certain cause that cause will get more attention.
2. You become more informed about what’s going on in your community
When you start researching local politicians, you learn more about different issues or ballot initiatives. Politicians tend to have a few issues that they focus on the most. With that, hopefully, comes information on what they’ve done in the past and what they plan to do in the future.
3. You can leverage previous connections
Now, that you have spent some time evaluating what you want for the future and the politicians trying to get elected, you can connect with others. You can get others you know to help you to organize a rally, march, or whatever else you think will help. Also, there are probably local organizations you can team up with.
In one of my clubs, we have been able to reach out to a few local organizations that care about the environment. Some of the organizations try to help the environment by getting citizens to use their political power to vote for certain bills and politicians.
4. You can go to events to show your support without too much trouble
Since January, there have been quite a few marches going on. Where I live, there is going to be a March for Science event soon. Since this march is less than an hour away from where I live showing up to the event is a lot easier than if the event is in New York. Do a little digging into your causes. If it’s near voting time, there should be some rallies going on.
5. This will get you ready for the next step
Of all the things we can do to be a good citizen, voting is the low hanging fruit. You don’t have to attend any rallies or marches to become an informed voter. You can take simple steps to become informed. It’s important to vote, and the amount of effort compared to the results is excellent.
When you vote, you make your voice heard. Politicians pay more attention because your vote is what keeps them in office. Use this power to advocate the causes you care about!