Why Local Elections Matter 

Besides my birthday, Election Day is the best day of the year. I’d honestly be amazed to meet someone who feels the same way as I do about this. I couldn’t even tell you what first sparked my love for this day. 

I remember registering to vote almost immediately after turning 18. I remember the immense amount of joy I felt when I got my first “I Voted Today ✔️” sticker. I could tell you all about the panic and anxiety I’ve felt every year waiting for the results to be posted. 

But that’s not important. What is important is recognizing why your local election is equally, if not more important than the Presidential Election (that we spend well over a year focusing on). 

  • Local government has more of a direct and immediate effect on your life than the federal government does. Want good schools? Local government. Want to keep your roads maintained and plowed during the winter? Local government. Want to live in a safe community with trained police officers. You can thank your local government for that. The point is, your day-to-day life is affected more by the local government than the federal. You HAVE to vote if you want the change you’re looking for. It doesn’t happen just by complaining, properly voice your opinion by going to your polling place! 
  • Unlike a presidential election where the vote is determined by the electoral college, your vote does matter in the local election. Statistically, only one in five voters participate in their local elections. When you compare that to how many people are registered voters in your town, it shows how few people are actually voting for the one election that really does matter. 
  • Historically speaking, younger people are terrible at being involved in their local elections. For whatever reason, most 18-25 year olds are under the weird impression that voting does not matter. I don’t care where you live and what your politics are, VOTING ALWAYS MATTERS. Calling all millennial’s: stop letting the stereotype be true and go vote. It takes longer to wait in line to order a coffee than it does to draw a few bubbles on a piece of paper. 
  • Last but not least, you can’t complain if you don’t vote. Somehow, facebook went from being a form of social media to a place where all you do is complain about everything. Number one thing everyone is constantly complaining about? Politics. Rather than complaining where it really could not matter less (last time I checked, the mayor is not checking everyone’s Facebook statuses to see what needs to be changed in town), go to a Town meeting, vote for your local politicians, have a voice in who leads your town! 

Maybe I really am the only person that is this crazy about Election Day, I just really think we need to focus on it more than every four years. 

CT Friends: don’t know where you’re supposed to go to vote (because you’re not my sister who I literally have to drive to the polling place with me every year)? Click HERE.  

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