I believe the young citizens of Virginia should turn out to vote because voting empowers citizens to take an active role in their future. As a (so far) lifelong Virginia resident, I have experienced the importance of voting first hand. Growing up in Arlington, Virginia, I was raised going to the polling place with my mom; always been engaged in the importance of voting. Living in the backyard of the nations’ capital has given me a unique insight into the political process. I have been voting since I was allowed to vote, age 18. To me voting is a civic obligation, a right to which we all receive the benefit from, so why not get out to the polls and make a difference. I believe for the young people of Virginia, it is important to get out your comfort zone and vote! Going to a polling place can be an exciting activity.
After voting in more than a few elections, I understand now the value of voting and showing up to the polls whenever I can. I am more aware of the responsibilities of adulthood than I was 5 years ago. I see the value of exercising my right to vote as a means to show the world what I believe, and what I think about politics when things are or aren’t working. One accomplishment I achieved in Virginia was going to college. I went in state to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
I am a graduate of VCU, and I am working on getting a full time job. I think especially as someone who has been unemployed I should vote to show elected leaders that I am aware of what is going on in policy and politics. Exercising your right to vote and voicing your concern about the policy that is being written to address unemployment is an issue that directly affects many Virginians. Showing up to vote is an easy and expressive way to participate in the political process.
On Nov. 5, a gubernatorial election will be taking place in Virginia. The two candidates represent the opposite sides of the political spectrum. Terry McAuliffe is the democratic candidate and Ken Cuccinelli is the Republican contender.
I believe voting in this upcoming election is important because voters will have a chance to voice concern over a host of socio-political issues. To learn more about the candidates’ stand on various issues check out Terry McAuliffe http://terrymcauliffe.com and Ken Cuccinelli http://www.cuccinelli.com. The attention to detail and care for the things we do on a daily basis is at the root of both candidates’ campaign. So the importance of voting is really clear. Voting is the easiest way to choose the candidate with the policy that mirrors your wishes.
So as I close this blog, I wish to illuminate the ease with which one can register and vote on Nov. 5. Today is the final day to register to vote in the State of Virginia. It is possible to affect change in the state where you live and in my case the state I grew up; and still call home today. So please rock the vote, and show the world that you care.
Today is the last day to register to vote in Virginia, so head on over to rockthevote.com and utilize your power!