As I said on Tuesday, I'm going to be posting this every day through then because I believe so strongly in exercising this privilege and responsibility. If that bugs you, skip these posts.
If you're a U.S. citizen who's old enough to vote, please do so. If you've voted early, thank you.
Yes, we have an electoral college; vote anyway.
Vote because things are bad and getting worse.
Vote because in another place, in another time, you wouldn't have the chance to do it.
Vote because people fight, kill, and die for that opportunity.
Vote because you don't think the world can take another four years that look like the eight preceding it.
Vote because you want leaders you'd like to have coffee or a beer with.
Vote because you want leaders who are smarter, calmer, and more thoughtful than you.
Vote because you don't believe having an education makes you an elitist.
Vote because you don't believe a man's middle name dictates his path or illustrates his beliefs.
Vote if you love Fox News Channel.Vote if MSNBC is your drug of choice.
Vote if the Ashley Todd hoax made you sick.
Vote because the "last lynching" in the U.S. took place in 1981.
Vote even if you think politics sucks.
Vote even if you think government is a joke.
Vote even if you think fandom is more important and more fun.
Vote even if you think you're choosing between multiple evils.Vote despite your apathy and cynicism and the little voice that says, "It doesn't matter."
Vote because of your enthusiasm and optimism.
Vote because this is your home and your country and our world.
Vote so you can tell your kids/pet/friends/family you did.
Vote because you can.