Tuesday, November 2nd, there are good reasons to get yourself to the polls for the minutes it takes to vote.
There are three very compelling reasons to vote in Massachusetts on Tuesday, November 2nd:
This time around, your vote will make the critical difference in the election. The races for Governor, Treasurer, and Auditor are unbelievably close, anywhere from a one to four percentage point difference. Your vote could tip the balance, and the candidates know it. Whichever candidate gets their supporters to the polls, wins.
There are real issues on the ballot.
You will be asked three questions on the ballot that could change state revenue and housing policy. Question 1 removes the sales tax on alcohol. Question 2 repeals a housing law, and Question 3 reduces the sales tax from 6.25% to 3%.
People will know if you haven’t voted.
You may not know this, but your voting history is public information. We can’t see who you have voted for, but we can see how many times you have voted, and in which elections you cast a ballot. I don’t know about you, but guilt is a powerful motivator for me. And I definitely don’t like being known as a slacker.
Because people can view your voting history, they’ll know if you’re a “super voter”, a term used in political circles to describe someone who votes consistently election after election. If you’re a super voter, your issues matter, your neighborhood counts, and elected officials are accountable to you.
Just a few weeks ago, a candidate knocked on my door because I’m a frequent voter, but he skipped over at least four of my neighbors’ doors who vote rarely or not at all.
Voting takes place before and after work hours – from 7am-8pm, and you can find your polling place on the web.
Massachusetts has close races with real issues on the ballot this time. And we need more super voters to put this state on the right track.