In 1912, my great-great grandmother marched in Washington, DC (my fair city) for the right to vote. 8 years later, her wish finally came to fruition. I vote every year because not only is it my civic duty, but it is one that my ancestor fought for me to have. To not vote, or to not be registered to vote, when voting is a right that was not granted to all people, would be blatantly disrespectful to her and the women who fought for it. And that's just the women. Even when black men were allowed to vote, there were horrible Jim Crow laws preventing it that lasted well into the 1960s. In fact, voter suppression laws still exist in Mississippi (I believe they passed one last year) and I'm sure other states.
Even if you are a white man, and always had the right to vote in the United States of America, you should exercise your right to vote. But most importantly, you should make your opinion heard. Because everyone has an opinion and every opinion matters. And if you don't like your options - write in a candidate.
So go vote.
Now since this is a book blog and I'm not exactly on topic, here is a book I've read that touches on voter suppression and the right to vote:
The Secret Life of Bees
This book is not totally about that, but it starts out that way. A black woman in the deep South attempts to go vote and is attacked by white men. Honestly, I read this book in 2009, so it's not as fresh in my memory as it should be, but that opening scene of the woman trying to vote has stayed with me. I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads, so it must be a great book. Wish I could remember it more!
Happy Election Day!