Megan and I went and voted early today since we’ll be driving home from Wisconsin on Novmeber 4th. No matter what happens, this election is a big deal. But if you’re still looking for a reason to vote, GOOD Magazine published an article with 1,565 Reasons To Vote (read it as a series online).
Here are 10 of my favorites:
#1. An “I Voted” sticker is the unequivocal best accessory of all time.
#16. Nader supporters will.
#21. “Whether we like politics or not, politicians are running our lives. They decide issues of war and peace, whether we’ll have jobs, whether we can afford a good education, the quality of our environment, and whether we and our loved ones will be able to afford quality health care. How can we possibly choose not to care? ” -Jerry Springer
#96. It’s so easy, even old people can do it. And they do. In 2004, only 47 percent of people age 18 to 29 voted; 73 percent of people age 65 to 74 did. Are they voting for the person you want to win?
#190. More than 1.1 million people will apply for legal U.S. citizenship this year—an all-time high. While those immigrants wait to enjoy the rights of that citizenship, we have all of its privileges now.
#202. As the “leaders of the free world” we seriously lag when it comes to voter turnout, and not just behind our friends in Western Europe, who have us by about 20 percent. Despite major suppression and violence, and an almost-total boycott by Sunnis, Iraq still turned out a higher percentage of voters than we did last time around. And Malta turned out 93 percent of voters in its last election—that was a down year.
#784. You voted for prom queen at your school. Ditto season two of American Idol.
#1521. The previously irrelevant town of Obama, Japan (population 32,000), wants to maintain it’s high Google ranking and booming tourist trade.
#1552. You get to see the inside of some municipal facility you’d never otherwise visit.
#1554. The United States has scared the crap out of the world, and with a major change, we just might be able to rectify the damage done to our reputation and standing in world affairs.