I've been seeing a lot of GOTV (Get Out The Vote) articles, facebook statuses, tweets, etc. This is great! I hope everyone does vote in this election. But one misconception I keep on seeing is that voting is a right. Actually voting is a privilege.
By definition a right is something that can not be lost or taken away. It is inherent. A privilege is something that can be revoked due to special circumstances. It is conditional. There are few simple rules that you must follow to vote in the United States:
- You must be an United States citizen.
- You must be 18 years old.
- You must register to vote by the specified deadline.
- You must not be a felon as stated by your state's felon voting laws.
Warning - the rest of this might get a little "random"...
Our founding fathers decided on these rules and this system of voting as one way of "checks and balances." Our troops over the years have fought for us to keep this freedom of choice. Having choices is what makes the United States unique and special.
So maybe in summary, I should just wrap up by saying - go out and vote! Vote for those that will allow you to keep your freedom of choice and not limit or reduce your ability to choose.
And one quick side note, as a resident of the first in the nation state which is also a swing state - I'm so excited for no more political ads, phone calls, mail, etc. after tonight! I'm looking forward to seeing election coverage tonight and hope that tomorrow when the results are finalized, that everyone can work together. That is the only way we will make progress.