There is a thought that prevails which convinces many that individual votes do not really matter. This could not be further from the truth. When we all start to think our vote doesn't matter, then only a few end up voting. And by a few, I mean almost HALF THE COUNTRY did not vote in 2016. A total of 138 million people voted, however, that is only 58.1% of those eligible to vote (Source).
If we truly want a government that represents the people, then the people need to take on the responsibility to vote.
In order to make this easier, we at Continue To Serve have put together a few links to help out. We have partnered with Vote.Org to provide quick and easy ways to check if you're registered, register for the first time, or register for an absentee ballot.
We challenge everyone to take a few minutes to read up on local elections and find the right person that will provide for what your community needs. Remember that while federal elections are important, it's the state and local elections that effect us most. While it might be easiest, it is recommended to not just vote based on party line, especially in local elections where party affiliation will not be as influential in local politics as it is on a federal level.
We should take the time to make sure every candidate we vote for we have at least read a little bit about and know what they intend to do while in office. If we care about who we vote for, if we pay attention to their actions while in office, we can hold them accountable for their actions if they do not follow through. This is how change happens. This is how inaction and corruption are thwarted. Every vote matters!
“My dear friends: Your vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have to create a more perfect union.” – John Lewis
Not sure if you're properly registered?
A large number of voters go to the polls thinking they are all squared away only to find out they are not allowed to vote, have to go a different poll station, or must fill out extra paperwork because they did not update an address or some small thing that has affected their voting status. It literally takes less than 30 seconds to double check.
Never registered to vote before?
No problem! Fill out the info on this registration and Vote.Org will get you to the right place to get registered! It only takes 2 minutes!
Absentee Ballot Request
Plan to vote by mail this year?
Many people this year are signing up for these because of COVID. If you are in an area that does not automatically send out applications or ballots to every registered voter, make sure to fill this out so you will be able to vote regardless of if you're at home or abroad.
Don't forget to vote!
Set a reminder to make sure you don't forget about election day!
Pledge to Register
Just not quite old enough yet?
If you're under 18, but over 13, you can pledge to register and a reminder will be sent to your phone when you turn 18 with instructions on how to register.