Today I voted in the 2016 presidential primary election for California. I am not registered as a democrat or a republican, as I don’t really believe in either party as an organization for the people (but that’s a conversation for another post). The reason I voted as a crossover voter today is because I believe in accountability. Yes the system is broken, no it does not service the people like it should, and no my vote may not have an effect at this point in the process as the two sides have more or less chosen their candidates. But there is one more vote on the record, one more vote that is a voice for a choice… And that is more important than anything else.
When you look back on history people have never organized blindly. They know what they are fighting for, they know why they care, they know they can no longer sit by while whatever travesty takes place. But the only way people can know they are not alone is if they stand up to be counted (Yes voting is anonymous and it should be for many reasons). When you vote you cast a light on a candidate or some issue that needs a public consensus. When enough people vote that light grows and sometimes it grows so big that it can’t be ignored. Personally I don’t know anyone that didn’t think Trump was a joke when he threw his hat in to the ring. Many people thought the same thing about Bernie Sanders as well, but both of them got so much attention that their light was not to be ignored, now Trump is the presumptive nominee and Bernie may not get the nomination but he has forever changed Hillary, the democratic party and caused America to take another look in the mirror. That’s what matters, that’s what your one vote means, it’s the ability to increase the wattage of the light that shines on a person or issue. It is the power to draw public attention to what matters to you! If our system is truly broken beyond repair then people voting would be the proof, the data that shows you’re not alone and you are not an insignificant minority in your belief. Revolutions aren’t started by people too apathetic to even vote, they are started by the people who want to be counted. The first step in change is pretty easy, stand up and be counted. If you like a broken system and you love the things as they are, stay home, don’t vote and let everyone else speak for you. Voting does matter, maybe not in the way you think, but nothing happens the way you want when you count yourself out at the beginning.