Your Vote Counts

Your Vote Counts

November 3rd, a crucial day in our democracy. The day a president is chosen to lead our country. However, this election is a defining point in our country’s history, as we as a nation are fighting a pandemic, the worst recession since the great depression, and political polarization and disunity among Americans. We need a leader to reunify our nation and bring about change to help America out of these trying times. And the process by which we come to elect that leader is determined by the people casting their voice on the ballot.

Voting has always been an American right, however, many citizens question whether their vote, among millions, really makes an impact. 5 times in American history, presidents have lost the popular vote but won the presidential election. And, many states are dead set red or blue, meaning all electoral votes will more than likely go to the republican or democrat candidate. So, if this is all true, why vote? Here’s why.

Minority voter turnouts have lacked in comparison to white counterparts. However, in 2020, about a third of eligible voters were non-white, up from a fourth in 2000. In addition, a record high number of eligible voters were registered. For example, 97%of eligible voters in Travis County registered. Both of these mean that this year ‘s election was more representative of the people.

Now more than ever, the people have the chance to tip the scales, and color the United States blue or red wherever the people decide.

Many students took action to increase voter participation and public knowledge in Austin. The presidents of the Young Voters Club (YVC) especially have contributed a lot by educating 30+ members and the general public. On October 27, members of the YVC club met up at UT and collected over 300 voter registration forms. “We drove around to different spots in Austin that had few registered voters & distributed these forms door to door. It was a tedious process, but very rewarding,” said Annalise Wooley, YVC president. In addition, other YVC club president Henry Leyden believes we need to take that record turnout and continue it with other elections. “The most important elections are local elections for city council, mayor, etc. These people have the most power over policy changes,” said Leyden.

Like Annalise and Henry, you too can get out there to ensure yours, and the voice of others is heard in each election. “Voting is important because it is the one way we are about to influence such a complicated government,” said Annalise. “It is a right that prevents corruption and ensures our voices will be heard and thus a not only a responsibility but an opportunity that we must take advantage of in each election big and small. Every vote counts.”

OTHER ELECTIONS TO PAY ATTENTION TO:

-City Council
Elections for
District 6 & 10
(Dec. 15)

-Austin Mayor
Election

-AISD Minor
Rep. Elections

-Board of
Education
Elections

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Washington Post
have updated
election information
for each city/ district