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Blog Post: The Top Ten Reasons to Vote

November 21, 2011

Dear Reader,

Voter participation in Baltimore City, and much of America, has reached an all-time low. More than ever, Americans are disenfranchised by their frustration with the political system. Americans are not apathetic; the American spirit inherently nurtures strong political conviction. Americans care deeply about myriad issues. Yet low voter turnout predominates on election day.

Perhaps the American voter could benefit from a reminder of why s/he should cast a ballot.

Here are the top ten reasons why you should exercise your right vote:
10. If you have a problem and require a politician’s assistance, if you wish to have politicians knock on your door and ask you your opinion, if you wish to engage in a conversation with your leaders, if you are at all frustrated by government, if you think we can do better, then have your name show up on voter registration databases.
9. Voting is simple and accommodating of your schedule and special needs- there is early voting, transportation to polling stations, and assistance at the polling stations by election judges.
8. Your voice is unique and deserves to be heard.
7. Today this is your community and the policies and casework support of your elected officials affect your life today, regardless of where you may or may not reside during a subsequent election cycle.
6. Voting rewards or disciplines incumbents for their choices on tough decisions.
5.  Voting holds politicians accountable to a greater proportion of the electorate.
4. Voting reduces the influence of special interests.
3. Voting enriches the sway and dynamics of your demographic’s voting block.
2. Vote because you have the unique right to participate in the democratic processes that will shape your community’s future and that this right has been won through the sacrifices of so many after having been denied to so many more for so long.
1. Voting is your civic duty as an American; claim the mantle of your citizenship and rise to the honor.

The Baltimore Citizen

This was originally posted in Revealing Our Humanity.

Jordan Cooper

About Jordan Cooper

Jordan Cooper, president of Revealing Our Humanity Communications, has been consistently engaged in public service for the past 16 years and has spent eight of those years being actively engaged in Maryland politics. Jordan is the host of Public Interest Podcast. He has worked on Health IT and Health Information Exchange implementing Obamacare for the District of Columbia’s Department of Health Care Finance. He ran as a Democratic Candidate for Delegate in the 2014 election cycle. He served as the President of the Luxmanor Citizens Association (2013-2014) and as the Chair of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Customer Advisory Board. He currently serves on the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board, the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee, and the Rockville Selective Service Board. He is an Area Coordinator in District 16 for the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee and is a member of the District 16 Democratic Board. Jordan has a master's degree in health policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a bachelor's degree in political science from Vassar College. Jordan was born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland.

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