Why do I vote? There are so many reasons especially this year. The next president could decide the future of healthcare, have a say in women’s reproductive rights, and kill or improve many important social services. The president will also have a hand in immigration policy and could pick as many as 2 Supreme Court Justices. This could fundamentally change the direction of the country.
I vote because I want control over my own body. I want everyone to have the same rights, not just because of who they love or what state they live in (I’m talking to you Arizona). I vote because I want public school children in California to have a fighting chance.
In California, where per pupil spending for public school kids is among the worst in the nation, two ballot measures are proposed that could increase money to schools. That sounds great, but like I said, there are two ballot measures and if the half of the people who care about public education vote for one and the other half vote for the other, it’s unlikely that either will have enough votes to pass. I’m not exaggerating when I say that it will be catastrophic for California public schools if neither passes. Teachers will be laid off, classes that are already busting at the seams will get bigger, and school days will be cut. Who will suffer the most? Low-income children. According to Joel Stein in Time Magazine, 80 percent of kids in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest district in the nation and biggest in the state, get free or reduced-price lunch.
I vote because I want clean air for my kids to breath and parks for them to play in. I also want to know what’s in the food I give them. States across the nation are watching California to see if Proposition 37 will pass. Food companies have spent millions to fight the law that would require food manufacturers to label foods that contain Genetically Modified Organisms. I believe they should be labeled simply because I want to know what I’m feeding my children. What breaks my heart, is that I hear about Prop. 37 nearly everyday. What I don’t hear about very much are the ballot measures that could help public schools.
I vote because I want my children to see that everyone’s voice matters.
Why do you vote? Babble and Michelle Obama want to know. They have teamed up on Pinterest and are encouraging readers to create a Pinterest board illustrating why they vote. Here is a link to my Pinterest Board.
Post before Oct. 21 for the chance that the First Lady will select one your pins and repin them on her board. Here’s more information on how to get started.