1. I voted today because it’s been less than 100 years since women were granted the right to cast a vote in this country. It is my duty to pay homage to the ceaseless work of suffragettes like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, by casting my vote on every Election Day.
2. I voted today because I always vote, even the non-presidential elections. Change begins at home, and those local elections are every bit as important as the presidential elections. The politicians that we elect on a local level will influence the decisions made on the national level.
3. I voted today because it is important to me that my girls appreciate their role as decision-makers in this country. The votes that I cast today affect the world that my children will inherit as adults. I have taken my children with me to every election since they were born. My hope is that, by teaching them to be involved in the election process now, one day they will take an active role in shaping the government for their own children.
4. I voted today because I strongly believe that all women should have the freedom to choose. I have never, and will never, cast a vote for a person who supports anti-choice legislation. I will always cast my vote for those who believe in my right to choose what is right for my body or for my daughters’ bodies.
5. I voted today because I live in a Republican state. I love where I live for lots of reasons, but the political climate is not one of those reasons. As a liberal in a conservative state, I feel it is my responsibility to make my mark, to voice my opinion in the form of voting in the elections. If Democrats and Independents do not vote, we have no hope of ever changing the political landscape of states like South Carolina.
6. I voted because I believe that all people should be free to marry whomever they choose. I know far too many members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community who are not currently able to marry their partners, and I think that is shameful.
7. I voted because I care about the environment and the planet that we live on, and I’d like for it to still be around for my children’s children’s children to enjoy. At the rate we are going, that might not be the case, and issues like climate change and conservation need to be seriously addressed so that we can ensure the continuation of life as we know it.
8. I voted because no person should have to suffer and/or die because they cannot afford basic healthcare. Our country needs universal healthcare, for the sake of all American citizens, particularly the mentally ill and the poverty stricken in our population.
9. I voted because we need more jobs in America. We need to stop sending our jobs overseas. There is a large amount of the population that has been unemployed for a very long time. There are too many people who have been unable to find work, well-trained people who are having to move back in with family or friends because they can’t afford basic housing costs. They are willing to work, but there aren’t enough jobs.
10. I voted because my vote counts. Every vote is important and this election is too close to not cast a vote. I want my voice heard. I want my opinion counted. I hope that, no matter who you voted for today, that you did vote.