As a citizen of a democracy, it's important that we take accept the privilege, and the responsibility of voting.
According to FairVote.org, voter turnout in the United States fluctuates in national elections, but has never risen to levels of most other well-established democracies.
In countries with compulsory voting, turnout is over 80%, but here in the United States, voter turnout is about 60% in presidential elections and only about 40% in midterm elections.
People vote for photos on Facebook, American Idol or Dancing with the Stars contestants, favorite movies, ice cream flavors and celebrities from pop culture.
Shouldn't we vote for the issues on the ballot and for those people who represent our interests in Washington, and at our state or municipal level?
I understand the frustration of a dysfunctional government, but if the government is made up of We, the People, then shouldn't we, the people take part?
If you're still undecided, this website may help clear it up.
I Side With is an interactive quiz that, based on your responses, will align you with the candidate who most reasonably parallels your thinking in these midterm elections.
And, if you're not sure where you can vote, try this website, Get to the Polls, which will give you your voting location.
It really is a big deal.