I know it is the weekend before Halloween and as such my article should be themed toward the horror-related. But instead I want to talk about something scarier than zombie hordes, creepy vampires, and ghosts from the netherworld: voting.
If there’s one thing we can all agree on is that neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton are the ideal candidates for the presidency of the United States. Deciding which to vote for (or for a third party) has put the majority of Americans in a tight bind. It also presents us with one of the scariest aspects of democracy–we get to decide.
Yes, the electoral college is a factor, but the popular vote does matter. It reveals what we as Americans believe in. So who should we vote for? Most conversations I’ve had with others on this topic have revealed similar sentiments. They are frustrated over the lack of quality in the candidates; they want someone they respect to go ahead and tell them who to vote for; or they’re leaning toward leaving that part of the ballot blank.
The reason voting is so scary is that it makes the democratic process the people’s responsibility. Faced with less-than-stellar candidates, we want to shirk that duty. If someone tells us who to vote for, we can blame that person if our candidate turns out to be a lemon. If we ignore the presidency slot on the ballot (or forego voting at all), we’re giving up on the electoral process.
Believe me, I’m just as scared as the rest of America. But this year, more than any other, I feel a strong desire to exercise my right to vote. Who knows, we may not have that right in four years. It’s a great responsibility, we should be fearful and respectful of it, and I don’t think we should shirk it.
For what it’s worth, I plan on writing-in Evan McMullin on the ballot as a third party candidate. He’s conservative and is a much better option to Donald Trump as a Republican candidate.
Also, in a completely unrelated note, be sure to head over to New Wrinkle Publishing and vote for Plethora‘s synopsis. If it wins this contest, it will be re-published with illustrations and a soundtrack! That is a vote that isn’t as taxing.