My voting friends offered good reasons to
1. We should vote because we can vote.
If you need more on that, ask anyone who has lived without the right to elect
2. You owe it to your country to participate. We do,
after all, live under a kind of social contract. We reap the benefits of
society; we should, in turn, contribute to society.
3. Many local issues are on
the ballot. Those local elections—whether it be support of schools, libraries,
social services, or community leadership— can hinge on a handful of votes.
The ballot box is one place for us to use our informed consciences for the
good. Our bishops remind us of that each voting season.
5. For Catholics,
voting ought to be an expression of our faith. No, it’s not going to church,
and it’s not overseen by any Church authority.
But voting is our chance to
uphold human dignity. We each can hold our heads high, stand up, and be counted—even
if things don’t go our way. We can devote our energy—in the voting booth—to
protecting the dignity and rights of others, whether it be the right to life or
the right to live beyond poverty.
We are a free people, our faith tells us.
Voting is one way we express that.