Today is Election Day in the United States. This particular election is quite interesting. The popular opinion is that American voters are extremely agitated with the status quo and there’s an expectation we’ll see major changes in our nation’s capital as a result.
While it’s unknown at this point who the winners and losers will be, what’s interesting is the conversation (or lack thereof) about voter turnout. For all the media talk about people being angry, change not happening fast enough, voices not being heard, it’s amazing that more people don’t get out and vote.
According to voter records, the average turnout of people of voting age has been roughly 40% over the past ten years. Just think about that for a second. If the voters are equally split between the two major parties, that means our political leadership is determined by about 20% of the voting population.
We talk about this all the time at work. If you want to change something, don’t sit on the sidelines – get involved. If you don’t believe me, Victorio Milian, author of Creative Chaos Consultant has developed a series called “Put Up or Shut Up”, encouraging professionals who want to see change to start by making their own personal commitments to change. Be sure to check it out and share it with friends.
The solution is quite simple. If you want to see change, get involved. On Election Day it means going out and voting. Other days it might mean joining a committee, answering a survey or volunteering at a local organization.
Your voice or vote doesn’t get heard if you don’t participate. What does get heard are the voices of the people who did vote. Who may or may not share your opinion.
No matter where you are, think of today as a day to let people know what you support and what you want to see changed. Be willing to do your part by voting or volunteering your time to make things better.
Lifehacker posted a great piece on the easiest way to find your polling place
If you’re reading this on an Android phone or iPhone, Google’s Election Center offers mobile assistance in finding polling locations
Businesses – for a state-by-state guide on Time Off to Vote Laws, check out this chart
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