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Why Your Vote Matters

Your vote is your voice, and it should be heard.

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This is not another article about who you should or shouldn't vote for and why. What is really important is that you cast your vote; no matter who it is for. At this point, most people are assuming that we know the two candidates. With everyone else dropping out of the race, it is safe to assume that Donald Trump is the Republican presidential candidate. However, on the other side of the aisle things are a little bit more complicated.

Bernie Sanders has been on a pretty big winning streak over the past few weeks. However, the scoreboard isn't showing it. As far as the delegates go, Sanders is constantly being awarded fewer delegates, even in the states where he wins the popular vote. However, this is not the result of fraud or dirty politics, that is just the way the Democratic Party works. With a system which has delegates which are allotted based on the popular vote and delegates which are free to support the candidate of their choice, the Democratic National Convention could potentially nominate Hilary Clinton even if she loses the popular vote.

As Sander's popularity in state after state is continuing to rise, people are starting to get fed up. If Bernie can win a state's popular vote and still lose in the delegate race, many are asking the question does my vote even matter?

In a very real sense, the answer might be no. If the superdelegates don't have to support the candidate the voters choose, why go to the voting booth? I mean if it really does not matter who gets more votes and the delegates have seemingly been tied up since day one. I join you in asking, what's the point?

The thing is, your vote is so much more than deciding who wins the primary, your vote is your voice and your chance to get your opinion heard. This is a system that has been around for decades and it is election cycles like this one that make people realize we may need to change it.

Sure, it's easy to say that your vote is mattering less every day that goes by. As it is becoming less and less likely that Bernie Sanders won't win the primary your vote probably won't be the deciding factor. That doesn't mean that voicing your opinion is unnecessary or unimportant.

At first, it was people on Twitter and Facebook. People began to question the rigged system and others followed. As millennials are supporting Bernie Sanders in record numbers, they are consequently paying attention to where their votes are going. Their feelings are gaining traction and beginning to take center stage in the media.

Check out this clip from "Morning Joe:"


The reality is your vote does matter. Superdelegates can change their minds at any point up until the election. Even if they don't, people are starting to recognize that this is a system that doesn't reflect the interests of the voters it is supposed to be serving. Voting in America is our chance to show who we support. Don't deny yourself that chance just because you don't believe your candidate will win.

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