Thinking that one vote does not make much of a difference makes it easier to eschew the right to do it. With so many challenges and issues facing voters today, many choose to be uninvolved in the election process. This may be a choice everyone in a democratic country is free to make. But it does not help a nation and its people in the long run. People need to make their voices be heard if they want to see changes. One person’s vote may seem insignificant, but it can be a catalyst for change if put to good use. Here are some of the things voters can do to make their votes count.
Let your vote speak for you
Everyone has something to complain about with the laws at some point. It can be over a small issue or something so big that leaves you feeling helpless about seeing any change. But complaining or enduring silently is unproductive. It does not accomplish anything except maybe stress you out for a while. Ignoring the problem only allows it to fester. If there is anyone at voting age can do, it would be to engage in the process of choosing leaders who will have the power to effect needed changes.
Vote in every election
Every election matters. Sometimes most of the hype may be focused at presidential nominees. But beyond the personalities running for the highest office are other candidates who will potentially become policy makers if elected. There are also several issues at stake that impact everyone at some level. If you want to make your vote count, you have to choose to stay engaged and involved in every election.
Learn what is at stake
Know more about the candidates’ credentials and their stand on issues that matter to you. Make objective assessments across different parties, if needed. Supporting a specific party should not preclude taking on a broader perspective. Use your vote wisely by choosing a candidate or political party that envisions the best possible solutions or policies to the issues at hand.
Avoid living in a proverbial bubble. Stay informed about what is happening around you both at the local and global scene. Know what pressing issues that leaders should have the power to address but may be failing to do so.
Promote voter participation
An individual vote does not seem like it could make a big difference. But imagine if hundreds of thousands or millions of people would think the same way and choose not to vote. It would be a waste to have so many people not using their votes to create the changes they want to see. You can make the most of your vote not just by turning in your ballot come election day. You can also make a difference by encouraging the people around you to vote.