Saturday, December 3, 2016

On Telling Everyone to Vote

So around election time, everyone is pressuring people to vote, including saying things like, "If you don't vote, you don't have the right to complain," (Which is not true by the way - you ALWAYS have the right to complain no matter what). But the thing is, voter suppression is real. The fact that everyone in the country doesn't vote is not just because people don't feel like it - people from marginalized groups are actually being prevented from voting. Here are two articles that explain voter suppression, and how voting is not accessible to everyone:

Every year at election time, my Facebook feed is filled with statuses telling everyone go and vote, do your civic duty, no excuses, if you don't vote you can't complain, and on and on like that, but nothing whatsoever about suppression or inaccessibility of voting for marginalized people. If you care about voting, if you think it's everyone's responsibility and civic duty and that it's so important that everyone do it, then you should start by caring about all the people who want to vote and are being prevented from doing so. 

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