Every vote has more power than you might think. When you don’t vote, you’re giving away an opportunity to make yourself heard. Your vote is essentially your voice. Elected leaders and policy makers often have vote numbers in mind when making key decisions. If you still think your vote doesn’t count, you might want to consider these:
You can use your vote to seek change. Complaining or silently enduring about how leaders are running the country does not make the problems go away. While voting does not guarantee a win the candidates you support, it gives voice to the issues that you may want policy makers to focus on. A voting public is a catalyst for change. Your vote can add to the numbers. And you can trust politicians to pay attention to those numbers.
You can use your vote to support policies. Leaders are more compelled to act on policies if people who support them exercise their right to vote. Many politicians who may be thinking of running for reelection or staying in office for more than one term are more likely to act with a higher number of voters at stake. Voter participation can be a gauge of how policy makers will decide. If you want to influence key decisions, you have to let your vote be counted.
Your vote can get politicians working. If you look at demographics, those with higher voter participation are more likely to get politicians working on the policies they support. It may not guarantee that issues will be addressed according to voters’ preferences. But you can trust politicians to factor in the turnout in assessing the level of support they got and should try to retain from a certain demographic. For this reason, they may try to work on policies that they know would earn them the support they need.
Your vote gives you a voice. Voting is not only about the people who will potentially run the government. It is also about letting your voice be heard on the issues and policies that matter to you. It allows you to make a choice on who you want to have the power to make the changes you want to see.