It seems every four years the political talking heads come out and say that “This election is the most important election of the modern era.” And you know what, for 2020, they might actually be right. Because whether you think everything is hunky-dory, or you think the best description of the country is a dumpster fire, there will be major repercussions whoever wins this November.
Now you could just sit back and say, “Why bother voting when the system is broken?” Well, one aspect of why the system is broken is because too many people don’t bother being a part of it. The only way to have a government that reflects the country is if the majority of the people participated in choosing that government. Our government is not perfect – it’s very, very far from perfect – but not voting is you saying you’ll just take whatever happens. And if you don’t like what you’re given, well, you can’t complain because you had the chance to make your voice heard and chose not to.
The way to make your voice heard is to register to vote. How to register should be laid out on your state’s website. But even if you’ve already registered, you should take the time to check your registration status, which I think is an option on most state websites. (You may also wish to double check on your polling place.) An important reason to do this now, is that there are several reasons why your status could be wrong: you moved and forgot to update it, a clerical error, or maybe you were caught up in an overly enthusiastic purge. Whatever the reason, if you check now and find a problem you can get it all worked out before Election Day. Election Day is hectic enough without people waiting in line only to find out there’s an issue.