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Citizens should vote despite circumstances

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April 15, 2020 | Dang Le | managing editor

With Sen. Bernie Sanders dropping out of the presidential primaries, Vice President Joe Biden is now the presumptive Democratic nominee to face President Donald Trump in November, leaving upset voters considering the idea of sitting out and not voting in the next presidential election.

It’s understandable why some people feel like they’ve been robbed.

Biden has never had the most money, the biggest rally, or the most energetic supporters. Yet somehow, he has created a lead that none of his others 26 candidates could surpass.

For citizens who will not vote to re-elect President Trump, they feel like a moderate candidate like Vice President Biden won’t lead in a way that is much different from what’s in place today.

Thus, the discouraging idea of not having to choose between two unfavorable candidates convinces them to sit out the upcoming election. That is the wrong mindset, and it should be changed, starting now.

Holding an election in a post-coronavirus country may also be an issue. People could feel unenthusiastic about the idea of standing in line to vote when scientists have predicted that the virus may return during cold weather in November.

In Wisconsin’s most recent state election, voters were forced to choose between showing up to vote in person and risking their health or staying home and not voting. Mail-in ballots should have been the solution there, but it wasn’t.

States should allow voting by mail for the safety of voters. Citizens should also embrace it. Colorado has done it, and it helps its citizens take time to do research on candidates and provides multiple drop-box locations for voters to cast their ballots safely.

Politics shapes everything from education, jobs, and health care to daily social activities. Nobody should choose to silence themselves, and they need to voice their opinion during the elections.

Voting causes changes, and not voting won’t cause any impact.

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