If someone were to ask you right now who is running for state government, would you be able to tell them? Odds are, you wouldn’t be able to.
If someone were to ask you right now who is running for President of the United States, would you be able to tell them? More than likely, you would be able to.
So why is this?
With more emphasis placed on who is going to run our country, the state races are overshadowed. Surprisingly, you even see more coverage of the national race on local news channels.
It may be easy to forget about the state level with all the emphasis on the national level, and while it may not seem as important, local elections are just as, if not more, important.
The people running for local and state positions represent you on a national level, create and pass laws for the state and vote on your behalf on certain issues.
Do you want to give that power to someone you don’t know much about? How would you feel if the speeding limit in a school zone changed from 20 mph to 30 mph? You probably wouldn’t be very happy, but those in state government are responsible for those changes.
It’s important to take the time and get to know those who are running to represent you, but it’s even more important for you to elect these officials on Election Day.
By voting, you are letting your voice be heard. It gives you the power to share your opinion on how the government should be run. When you don’t vote, you are giving up your chance to be heard, and who wants to do that?
Local politicians vote for you on both local and national issues. It is every individual’s right to choose how they want to be represented politically, and you can exercise that right by voting.
Instead of sitting around and complaining how something is being done, get up and vote to change that. If you don’t like someone in office now, then vote for the person you think will get things done the way you want.
Voting is important, so do it.
Our Position: We believe that it is important for people to be focused on state-level elections, as well as the national one.
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