The U.S. Midterm Elections are this Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
TBH, the only midterms we ever cared about before this year were the ones forced on us at school — and we barely “cared” about those.
Now, we’re talking elections and we know, we know, it’s confusing, daunting, exhausting, and weird. It feels like a chore. Worse, it feels like a waste of time. How do you know your vote matters? How do you know it’s even being counted? These are fair questions — ones we continue to ask ourselves as well.
But here’s what we do know: In 2014, only 37% of eligible voters and only 19% of 18-29 year olds voted. That means A LOT of us let a small group speak for us, about what matters most to us. Our generation doesn’t let that happen when it comes to debates over sports or rap beef, so why would we when it comes to choosing local, state, or national representatives who decide on everything from potholes getting fixed on your street to access to affordable health insurance to how our neighborhoods are kept safe?
We shouldn’t. We won’t—right?
We also know people won’t move until they see others move, whether we’re talking about protesting or Shiggy’s new dance challenge. People won’t vote until they see others around them do it. And we know by the time you see a bunch of people post their “I Voted” stickers, it’s a wrap — no one is running down to the polls to cast a vote.
So we built this thing. So you can upload a photo and change your social media profile pics so you can show the world you’re showing up… and voting. And maybe, just maybe others will take notice and decide to show up themselves.
It doesn’t stop here. Consider this an open invitation to contribute to a dialogue that should be happening 365 days (366 in that leap year, word to Hov’s 2nd verse on Beach Chair), election year or not.
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