Why Does It Matter
Voting allows everyone to participate in democracy, and is essential to keeping our system of government functioning.
Voting is the most fundamental way for citizens to participate in our democratic society. It allows all eligible residents to have a voice in who represents them in government and a say in the laws and policies that help govern our communities.
Decisions made by public officials can impact nearly every aspect of an individual's life; from K-12 public schools and state universities, to public safety, rent and affordable housing policies, public transit, funding for nonprofits, and much more. Additionally, laws and policies can help support and advance other social issues that people have traditionally supported through philanthropy or volunteering.
Voting also helps hold our elected officials accountable for their actions and decisions. When communities show up to vote, elected officials take notice, and can be more likely to listen and respond when specific concerns or needs arise; the public will measured through voter participation may also advance policies that elected officials may not have championed otherwise.
Making sure that all eligible voters have access to elections and the information on the ballot is critically important. While voting is a fundamental right; it remains critically important to protect these rights for all individuals; especially the elderly, those who were previously incarcerated, disabled individuals, and those who may have difficulty accessing transportation to get a voting booth.