If you live in the U.S. then you probably know that today is Election Day. If you don't know it's probably because you live in a very red or blue state and have zero campaign ads on your TV. You lucky jerks.
I love Election Day. Not just because I work for political campaigns, but because it's the one day every two years where we get to overthrow the government, or bolster your party's influence, depending on what side you're voting for.
I'm not going to write a long post about the teachings of church leaders as to why you should exercise your right to vote. Or about how important being a part of the democratic process is to making sure Joseph Smith's prophesy about the constitution hanging by a thread and the only people who can save it are us Mormons comes to past. I'll just simply say:
This stuff is important. Federal, state, and local all have major impacts on your life.
So please. Go *vote. Don't know where your polling place is? Find out here.
If you still need a little extra motivation to go vote, then perhaps this GIF Out the Vote will help.
You don't have to be a genius to vote (but seriously, it helps if you read even just a little about the candidates and ballot measures before you vote).
But if you don't vote ...
It really is as easy as pulling a lever.
There's really no way you can screw it up.
But even if you do, there's always another election in two years.
Most of all ...
Please. GO **VOTE!
** for Democrats.
Kyle works in Democratic politics, yet somehow his bishop still lets him participate in church activities. He hails from Washington DC, but is embarking on a year of living in Salt Lake City and being a stay-at-home dad, while his amazing wife brings home the bacon. Actual bacon. No, seriously, she works across the street from a grocery store. It's delicious. Kyle's Mormon street cred comes from the fact that he is the youngest of seven children and is only five years older than his niece. Twitter: @KJinSLC.
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