The Our Time "I Can, I Will" campaign is fighting voter apathy and promoting the youth vote, leaving out partisan politics. It may seem odd to talk about the campaign without talking about a party (Democrats and/or Republicans) or an issue (jobs, climate change, civil rights, women pay equality, etc...), but that is exactly what this video and the group does. The video, directed by Academy Award-winning documentarian Errol Morris, features several young people talking about why voting is important, or on the contrary, why they're inclined to stay home on Election Day.
With politics as usual in Washington causing many young people (ages 18 through 40) to feel disgusted with the two party system in the United States, many are tempted to simply not vote in the 2012 elections. You very well may be one of these people. How many people have you heard this election season who have said they are not even going to bother to get out of their house on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 to place their votes? Unfortunately, this is absolutely not the way to affect change.
It can be easy to come up with reasons not to vote as Errol Morris's video below illustrates. More people than ever seem to be considering not voting for 2012. In 2008, only 51 percent of young people actually voted. This thing we call voting is actually even more than a civic duty. . . it is a moral responsibility that we have not only to ourselves and those we leave behind when we die, but also to the rest of the world as well as to the Earth itself. There is no doubt that the things that we do here on Earth will affect it, and voting (or not) is one of those things.
How old are you? How many times have you voted? Is there something happening in the U.S. today that causes you to consider actually not casting your vote in 2012? If so, what is it? Is there anything that could change your mind?
One young person named Yasminda C has decided to take her disgust with the two party system and use it to make a change before the 2016 elections. She wrote on her Facebook page, "I'm committed to working over the next 4 years on getting away from the 2-party system." She put it out there for everyone to see, so that she would have some accountability for her decision. Even with her disgust at the two party system, she will still vote on Tuesday. What would you like to see changed over the next four years? Would you be willing to commit to working towards changing it?
Our Time encourages young people to make a pledge to vote on Tuesday, November 6 regardless of which candidate or what party they intend to vote for. Our Time's message is simple. It is, "You can and you will make a difference. Raise your voice and let everyone know that you will vote - and no one can stop you."
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