There are going to be a lot of stories, think pieces, analyses (some relevant, most of them probably off the mark until results actually come in) about Election Day today.
I have to agree with one thing I heard on MSNBC last week: If there’s one thing we can all agree on that we should want to read about on Wednesday would be a record voter turnout—not just for a midterm election but any election today, especially among younger voters.
HBO just released a new video encouraging younger watchers to “Rock the Vote.” (Remember that campaign? Or “Vote or Die,” when it turned out most of the people feature in ads for the latter circa 2004 didn’t even register to vote let alone vote at all?)
But Rock the Vote has had staying power, and this election will likely ride or die based on turnout among millennials and those in Generation Z eligible to vote. There are even some states where you can register to vote on Election Day itself! (This should be a thing everywhere, but I digress.)
Anyway, please vote. Acknowledging and reporting why some voters are apathetic about this election is one thing. It’s important to hear multiple viewpoints and understand where people are coming from, perhaps now more than ever. But apathy is not an excuse for not voting, especially not when so many people have died to secure the right to vote not only in this country but around the world. And then there are so many people—women, especially—who are still disenfranchised. Voting is not hard. What is hard is the aftermath of what happens when people don’t vote.
Vote or die. (Well, just vote. Please.)