WE WHO VOTE is a non-partisan social media campaign to call all eligible voters to action. It does not matter what candidate you vote for or what political party you support, we are asking you to show up on election day and vote. Voices from all parties have been shouting out with a point to make on who to vote for and what issues to support. All of this positioning will not make a bit of difference if voters don’t show up at the polls.
I vote because everybody has the right to give their opinion and to get the word out to be heard…Vanessa
My entire life has given voice and life force to those I meet, work and socialize with about how precious the right to vote is. My last breath will sing to the freedom I have had as a result of the power of voting.
So until then, I will whisper, speak publicly, chant loudly, sing passionately, join the rank and file on street corners and in marches to preserve the right to vote, and cast my ballots in every lawful election I am privileged to participate in…Delorme
The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter…Dwight D. Eisenhower
Why do I vote? Really, this seems like an oxymoronic question if one lives in a democracy, since democracy depends upon the individual vote for its survival. As poet/novelist Charles Bukowski pointedly observed: “The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.”
Today, more than ever, democracy is diminished by each vote not cast. The news is filled with reports of how our democracy is being assailed daily by voter suppression laws. They are funded by special interest groups who understand that the fewer the number of citizens allowed to vote, the more likely election outcomes can be manipulated for nefarious reasons. Hand in hand with this disturbing trend are the sophisticated media campaigns funded by special interests with an unfair advantage — the ability to legally and anonymously spend many millions of dollars spent to potentially buy the outcome of elections by obfuscating facts to confuse or deceive voters.
Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, Abraham Lincoln, Malala Yousafzai, Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy — all are examples of the effect of person’s voice on the advancement of democracy. Casting my vote is the very least I can do to protect the ground gained by countless brave men and women who have suffered or died to preserve the freedoms that are inherent in democracy. Casting my vote is the very least I can do to ensure that my children and grandchildren live in freedom instead of bondage.
Wise words by Edmund Burke are what I call upon to remind myself of this when inconvenience may tempt me not to vote: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” (I add “women” to that wise statement.)…Paula Joy
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was indeed a vital instrument of democracy, ensuring the integrity and reliability of a democratic process that we as a Country hold so dear…Charles Rangel
I vote because I refuse to sit by and let out of touch, backwards, old men decide what should be happening in my country, to my body, and with my future
I vote so I can marry the woman I love someday…Heather
If American women would increase their voting turnout by ten percent, I think we would see an end to all of the budget cuts in programs benefiting women and children…Coretta Scott King
I vote because I want political leaders who serve the citizens of America and not corporate interests…Lisa
The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men…Lyndon B. Johnson
I used to believe that the only way I had a political voice was through civil disobedience. As a Vietnam war protester, I saw that when the protests were televised, it energized a nationwide movement to end the war.
We used to sing “We shall overcome”, but somewhere along the line I realized that we shan’t overcome, and the only way to make my voice heard is to vote, and to encourage others to vote. Only if more people exercise their right to vote will we have true government by the people.
If just a few more people in Florida had voted in 2000, just think what the world might be like today.
If just a few more people vote in Congressional districts with vulnerable Representatives in 2014 and 2016, just think what the country might be like tomorrow.
Of course, that is the whole point of the current voter suppression tactics being rolled out in many states today….the politicians in control of those states want fewer people voting…Mike
I vote because our collective responsibility to each other is to create the best society that we can. The philosophers, thinkers, poets, and revolutionaries that came before us gave us an amazing gift; that gift has enabled us to become what we are. Without voting, the rights that we all enjoy and the benefits that make our lives possible would not be available to us…Andrew
I am from Ohio and came out as a lesbian when I was eighteen-years-old. I lost a bunch of civil rights. I lost the right to have a job, I lost the right to housing, I could be fired or evicted because I was gay, but I still had the right to vote, so I vote…Amy
Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half…Gore Vidal
The reason I vote is so that my voice will be heard about the causes near to my heart. As a liberal democrat, there are many social issues which I consider critical. A woman’s right to choose is at the top of the list. My voice is heard at the ballot box. Those who do not vote are mute… Jackie
My reason for voting: When I decide not to vote, that makes the opposition’s ballot count twice, and I have lost the right to complain about the outcome…Clancy
Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters…Abraham Lincoln
I vote because I believe it is a key part of a larger democratic process and the freedoms we share. As a California citizen, I am fortunate to have representatives who share the same approach to government that I do, supporting humane programs designed to assist those who struggle with economic, educational and social deprivation. I realize citizens of other states might not have access to the same wise representation. I believe this makes my vote even more important…Kate
In this country we have one great privilege which they don’t have in other countries. When a thing gets to be absolutely unbearable the people can rise up and throw it off. That’s the finest asset we’ve got — the ballot box…Mark Twain