Make a Difference: Vote!

Nov 01, 2016
Pickard_Laura-WebBy Laura Pickard
Manager, PAC & Grassroots 

The election is officially 7 days away. Just one week from today, and I am excited!

I am excited that the media circus is going to stop, that the barrage of television ads will come to an end, and that we can all quit speculating about what will happen and what it all means….

But I am mostly excited because I get to vote. I get to wake up early, I get to make the trek to the polls, I get to wait in line, and finally I get to submit my paper ballot.

I know, I know, it’s a civic duty, blah blah blah. I get it – people hate to hear about things that they SHOULD do, it’s another item to add to our ever-expanding to do lists, and some are tired of what’s happening in Washington.

But, I hate to break it to you, it is VERY important that we all vote on November 8.

As a kid, I remember walking to the polling place and waiting patiently while my mom voted. Sometimes she even let me behind the curtain and into the booth so I could watch her pull the lever. I didn’t quite understand then the magnitude of our right and responsibility to vote as Americans, but I knew that it was a special day. There was a certain energy in the air.

It IS a special day. Each election day we have the ability to change the course of our future and the future of our country. This year’s elections are especially important as we vote to elect all U.S. House seats, one-third of the U.S. Senate, a new President to the White House, and numerous statewide candidates.

There are many things at stake that affect all of us hardworking taxpayers – building a healthy economy, creating opportunity for all Americans everywhere, and finding effective, common sense solutions that we need.

On November 8, I have the opportunity to impact the direction of the country. By voting, I can make a difference on issues that matter to me not only in Washington, but also in my state capitol and in my local city government. And so can you! And frankly, if you don’t vote, you can’t complain.

Get excited! Visit for information on voting and candidates. And go vote!