You might have noticed we’ve been talking about voting a little more around here lately. It’s not just because we’ve been Pinning our reasons for heading to the polls; It’s more about starting the conversation within ourselves — and with our kids — about why it’s so important to exercise this right, this November and in elections to come.
By showing up, casting a ballot, and making yourself heard, you can support initiatives and leaders that will enact the changes you hope to see in your country and your community. Click through to read more about what Babble bloggers have to say about why they vote — their answers are surprising, heartwarming, and most of all, inspiring.
Read more about why we vote after the jump!
Because I can’t afford not to 1 of 13"My family back home in Mexico would ask: 'Why are you doing this? is it that important? You are just one vote,' and my answer was always, 'Yes and a thousand times yes. And why? because it matters.'"
Read Monica's post at Plugged In
Because I must 2 of 13"I don't go to the polls to further my agenda. I don't do it to make sure that the inner city education is comparable to that of suburbia.
Those issues absolutely determine who I vote for, but not why I vote.
I vote because I must."
Read Faiqa's post on Native Born ... and Raised
For education reform 3 of 13"Our school district is facing budget cuts.
How can I most effectively help in creating any sort of change? By talking and writing about it, but most importantly, by VOTING."
Read Ana's post on Besos
For my children’s health 4 of 13"I hate when I listen to politicians talking about my children, and people with special needs in general, as low-category citizens that have no rights to make choices. Those are the times when I feel the need to jump in front of the crowd to remind them that these children are the most important people in their families and nobody has the right to decide for them and their lives."
Read Eliana's post on Living and Loving with Down Syndrome
To honor my freedoms 5 of 13"I vote because I was fortunate enough to be born in a country that recognizes the fundamental truth that government derives its authority from the governed. I vote because men who believe as I do fought and sometimes died to force a government who forgot that truth to relearn it."
Read Rich's post at A Complementary Angle
For so many reasons 6 of 13"Since each of my kids were very young, they remember me voting on Election Day. In fact, at various times, I have taken each one of them into the voting booth with me. In the last Presidential election, I let my then-5-year-old son press the lever. He was so excited to help."
Read Danielle's post on Strollerderby
To immerse my kids in the process 7 of 13"My son is only 5 and a half, but he has already voted at least 7 times. I take him to the ballot box with me — every time.
Civic election, municipal election, federal election. If there's a chance to vote on something, I will bring my kids so they get used to the process and see it as a habit and ritual that should be protected."
Read Buzz's post on Babble Kids
Because I love complaining 8 of 13"It's cheaper than therapy and often when I hear (or read) myself doing it, it's a good wake-up call that I need to be more grateful and less whiny. Until I start all over again. It's a nice cycle.
Here's another thing I enjoy complaining about: The president of the United States.
And because I voted in the last election, I can."
Read Meredith's post on Strollerderby
For the future 9 of 13"This year my husband and I celebrated two years of marriage. I look forward to us one day celebrating our 20th year with our children alongside us. It is one of the many reasons 'Why I Vote' — for our future."
Read Krishann's post on Strollerderby
To spark change 10 of 13"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."
Read Yvonne's post on Mom o Menos
To see how a leader treats his pets 11 of 13"Not only do 62 percent of American households have at least one pet, our presidents have a long history of owning pets. We can't imagine pets who have lived at the White House facing death due to an overcrowded pet shelter. Let's hope we can find a way that no companion animals are faced with such an unfair ending."
Read Amy's post on Babble Pets
Because it’s our duty 12 of 13"Have you registered to vote yet?
Time is running out for a lot of you — check out GottaVote.com — it's super easy, and registration is of course non-partisan. So go. It has nothing to do with political parties or campaigns. It's about democracy.
Read Roxana's post at the Frog & Snail Society Page
To show what I care about 13 of 13
Ready to join the conversation? Learn how to create your own “Why I Vote” Pinterest board here — your submissions could be repinned by the First Lady herself!
The purpose of these collaborations is to promote civic engagement and provoke conversation around the presidential election; Babble welcomes open participation and discussion of personal and political beliefs. Babble is not affiliated with nor does it endorse a specific political party or campaign. Both the Romney team and the Obama team were invited to work with Babble.