I hope that a fierce sense of civic duty drives you to vote, regardless of what your volume level has been during this alleged “enthusiasm gap.”
I hope that you’re swayed by independent research and a healthy dose of skepticism, and not by the amount of fancy fliers and trinkets thrown your way.
I hope that you aren’t swayed by a national media that amplifies voter discontent instead of finding out if said discontent has any basis in fact.
I hope that you don’t listen to the demagogues whose job it is to toe their party’s line to ludicrous (and laughable) extremes.
I hope that you’ve pulled yourself away from the choir long enough to hear what the other side is preaching.
I hope conservatives vote their true values and feelings instead of the reactionary hate and spite that has come to define their ideology.
I hope liberals realize that change is not easy or immediate — but even with that in mind, much has been done and much remains to fight for.
I hope that you vote for, not against.
I hope you can’t explain your choices in a few words. In fact, take all day. Critical thinking doesn’t fit on a bumper sticker.
I hope that abstract, manufactured disgust over “career politicians” and “government spending” and the notion that “both parties are exactly alike” don’t replace common sense and merit on your electoral barometer.
I hope you celebrate if your people and party win — because you care about your country, not just because you want to win or because you derive joy from seeing your opposition squirm.
I hope you treat your vote not as the end, but as the beginning.
Most of all, I hope no one assumes that this election has been decided until the last polling station closes its doors. Because your ballot is the voice that reverberates the loudest.
So get out and vote. Now.