What You Should Consider on the Eve of Election 2012

As someone that has been watching the daily election polls carefully for the past two months, I cannot wait for tomorrow. Election day is finally here and I am so excited. I have always appreciated our country’s election system, but this year feels even more special because it’s my first time voting.
Keeping up with the political world has been a passion of mine for years now, but watching the news recently has been especially important because I finally have a say in who our next president will be.
I have one question for you: Do you realize how lucky we are to live in a country that gives us the freedom to vote for our president?
Think about it. I’d argue that the majority of people in this world either don’t have such a freedom or don’t care enough to exercise it. As one of the most influential countries in the world, our president has a huge amount of power. He or she can make a tremendous impact on our world. With the freedom to vote for our president, we too can influence the world around us.
That being said, it’s important that we seize this incredible opportunity. If you have already sent in your absentee ballot or voted early, great! If you have yet to vote, tomorrow is the day to contribute to our country’s future.
Consider what issues are most important to you. If you are passionate about women’s rights and access to birth control, the most important thing you can do is vote. If you’re concerned about our country’s economic future, vote! It’s the easiest thing you can do to create change in the U.S.
If you don’t vote (and are old enough to be able to), you have zero reason to complain about our country’s policies. Voting is your chance to influence change in our country and if you don’t seize the opportunity, that is your own fault. So go vote!
No matter where you’re from, every vote counts. I’m registered in California and even though it’s normally a blue state, my vote still matters. Regardless of who I vote for, by sending in my absentee ballot all the way from college I’ve contributed to change in our country.
I hope that each and every one of you will do the same and vote tomorrow. If you’re not sure where exactly you’re supposed to go, type in your address here to find out your polling place! 
What issues are most important to you? Tell me in the comments and don’t forget to vote!
Ashley is a sophomore majoring in International Affairs with a minor in English. Each week, Ashley will be discussing current events involving the upcoming presidential election. Check in every week to find out what’s going on in the election world and read one college girl’s opinion on the issues!
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