This Tuesday — October 9 — is the deadline in Florida to register to vote in this year’s general election, and I want to be clear about something:
If you’re eligible to vote and don’t, you’re an asshole.
I don’t care if that language bothers you. Get off your ass and vote. Or hell, stay on your ass and vote. You can do that now.
I get it — you’ve got kids, work, Netflix Originals to watch. Who has time to actually vote, much less learn about the candidates and formulate opinions?
You do, asshole!
It’s 2018. There are no more excuses. You no longer have to find a window in your busy Tuesdays to make your way to your polling place. You can vote early, all day any day at multiple convenient locations for almost two weeks leading up to Election Day. You can vote by mail. They’ll literally deliver a ballot to your house, you can complete it at your convenience, and then someone will pick it up and deliver it back for you.
As far as educating yourself, there are more ways to do that than ever before, most of which you can utilize anywhere you have your phone, which is everywhere. There are newspapers, blogs, candidate websites, candidate social media, debates that are livestreamed and televised, third party organizations that post candidate questionnaires online, you name it.
It is easier than ever before to educate yourself and to vote.
So if you don’t vote because you’re too lazy and can’t be bothered, you’re an asshole. If you don’t vote because the “system is rigged,” or “every candidate is the same,” or “one vote doesn’t matter,” you’re an asshole (not to mention demonstrably wrong).
Voting is more than a right or a privilege; it is your duty and obligation as a member of this community and society. If you don’t vote, you forfeit any right to have any opinion any time any thing you don’t like happens at any level of government. If you don’t vote, I better not hear you whining when your taxes go up, when your water and trash rates go up, when government services or programs get cut, or when injustices go unanswered.
If you’re already registered to vote, great. Make sure you remember to vote, whether you choose to vote early, by mail, or on Election Day. If you’re eligible to vote but haven’t registered, get registered now!