During the 2016 election, I was one of many who fell into the trap of not voting, because I felt I was voting for the lesser of two evils.

When I look at what has transpired over the past four years in our country, I regret not exercising my right to vote in the 2016 presidential election. 

After watching citizens protest the lifelong injustices this country has allowed, I understand the pain it can cause to cast a ballot for these two candidates, who for many people are relics of an America that led us to this tipping point, but this difficult decision needs to be made. Voting isn’t easy and it never will be, we are electing the next leader of our country.

Even if you are choosing the lesser of two evils you are still making an important decision that can change the course of our country for the better. 

Imperfect candidates, vicious campaign ads and hyper- partisan media will cloud our judgments, and lead us to believe this country is doomed regardless of who we choose. 

The past three and a half years, I’ve witnessed an administration ignore a pandemic, put Betsy Devos in charge of education, try to end protections in healthcare for those with pre-existing conditions and use military force on peaceful protesters. I now realize how important it is to vote even if it means swallowing my pride and voting for the lesser of two evils. 

This past week, we celebrated the Supreme Court protecting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) but it is important to remember this was a 5-4 decision and just one vote could have washed away the hard work of millions of Dreamers. With the recent health scares and age of Justice Ginsburg, it is likely the next president will choose her successor. 

The candidate who wins on election night this November will choose the next Supreme Court justice who will serve for a lifetime and they will play a big role in protecting civil liberties. If we want to celebrate DACA being protected in the future, remember one candidate worked under a president who helped pass DACA while the other has made it his goal to end it. 

When you cast your ballot this November, you will be choosing the next leader to guide us through a pandemic that has killed over 100,000 Americans and caused mass unemployment similar to the Great Depression. We have to make sure everyone does their due diligence and heads to the ballot and makes the correct decision. With what is going on in our country the next leader can either guide us through this difficult time or make matters worse.


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