This year, voting is more than just the core responsibility of citizenship; it is an act of defiance against malicious political forces determined to reduce access to democracy.
It sounds like an exaggeration, but after the litany of attempts this year to suppress the vote — ID requirements, shortened or eliminated voting hours, changes in polling places and the number of machines there, striking voters from the rolls — I really don’t think it is. If you’re an eligible voter in the U.S., please go vote.
Nobody here will be surprised to find that I think you should vote for Obama. Of the two candidates, he’s the one who stands for economic fairness, women’s equality, QUILTBAG rights, corporate oversight, and not just bombing the snot out of any country we decide we don’t like. But fundamentally, I care most about us having a functioning democracy. Go vote. Even if you live in a state that’s guaranteed to go red or blue in the presidential election, there are state legislative positions, local offices, ballot initiatives, and more in which your opinion really does matter. Go vote. Please.