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Voting Still Important in the Aftermath of Sandy

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A lot of people have said to me in the past few days, ‘You think anyone cares about the election after Sandy?’

Well, if they don’t, they should.

Even people who have lost everything, and seemingly have nothing, still have the right to vote.

People who are unhappy with how the government handled this crisis have a say. You may have lost everything you own, but going forward, your government will still exist. This is not a time to give up and act as though these infrastructures are unimportant.

In fact, they are more important than ever.

Government is the reason FEMA is here at all (regardless of your thoughts on their efficiency and usefulness). Government is the reason we are able to have power crews from across the country here working to get the heat back on. Government is what we all looked to for help.

Government is also what will still be making the rules for you after you get back on your feet.

I hate politicians. I generally feel like they all lie, (or at the very least, don’t say the full and complete truth,) and will tell people whatever they want to hear to secure a vote. That being said, I fully intend to vote today. I will gather as much information as I can on every candidate, and then make a decision.

If you think your voice doesn’t matter, you’re wrong. You have a say. We are all in this together. One vote seems insignificant, but when a million people decide they will vote regardless of how insignificant it seems, then you see the difference if makes.

Indifference never makes things happen. Be active today. Get some sense of normalcy back. You’ll feel like you did something productive.

And bonus: all those annoying ads and Facebook soapboxers will be gone tomorrow.

Do you think it’s important to vote? Share your thoughts below!

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