Voting Matters? Right? Maybe. But here are five reasons to keep voting even when your candidates lose.
Does Voting Matter?
How many of you feel this way too? Like your vote might not matter? It’s okay if you question whether your influence on a ballot (a drop among a pool of tens of millions of voters) even makes a difference. I often wonder this myself. But I’ve concluded voting still makes a difference, regardless of who wins.
Five Reasons to Keep Voting
1.) We need this timebound routine
Voting is a consistent challenge. It happens each year. (Or at least you might engage every four years!) This requires us to open our eyes to what is going on on a macro-level, when otherwise might not unless it was scheduled.
2.) Our “justice” needs revaluation
Because we are asked, as citizens, on a routine basis to open our eyes, we begin to revaluate our worldview. Voting requires us to consider the essential elements of what living justly looks like practically. We mature over time and with that, our beliefs which have changed need to be noted. (How many of you want to vote like you are eighteen again? Not me!) How do we embody “loving others” at a public/policy level?Those two reasons alone have convinced me that voting still matters! But here are a few more:
3.) We still have some responsibility
Voting concedes that we still have influence and responsibility, no matter how minor, in the sphere of government. For myself, as a follower of Jesus, I must still be engaged in the world I live in while being part of the “Kingdom of Heaven”, even if it is just for this season while I live in a democratic republic.
I see this is where many people stop believing voting matters. It is easier to say voting doesn’t matter than recognize we are still accountable to our responsibilities of citizenship. They might be minimal, they might be unwanted even–but they are still there! (Heck, even Jesus paid taxes!)
4.) Voting honors advocates
Voting is a way to honor those who have worked hard before us to level the playing field, by giving women, POC, Indigenous People, etc…rights. I don’t want their sacrifice and advocacy to be taken for granted. The policy that gives us the right to vote has permeated so many other parts of society. As a woman, I am especially filled with gratitude for these freedoms. Voting is a way for me to express my thankfulness for those who brought a little bit of “Heaven to earth”.
And only lastly,
5.) Winning and losing can empower us to make a difference
As I wrote about the other week, we are invited to roar, to use our voice. And sometimes, voting might actually bring people into the Office who live justly and carry out good! That is the ideal.
But we all know that our vote might not result in the leaders we want. That is why so many of us become defeatists and cynical. But even when our candidates lose in favor of one that is less worthy, it becomes a good gauge to the state of our community. In fact, it can guide us on how to prepare and position ourselves best to make a difference post-election.
Are reasons 1-4 enough to suffice for the fact that your girl/guy might not win? Or that there were no girls/guys running who you liked?
You tell me. For me they are though, which is why I’ll keep going to the polls next year.
Any other reasons I missed why you think voting might still matter?
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