A Historic Election or Nah? 🗳️
Tuesday, November 6th
For more than a century, Americans have been casting their votes on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, every two years, which will be tomorrow. In 1845, Congress decided that Tuesdays would be the national election day. Find out why here (hint: thank our rural farming origins).
Melodrama vs. Fearmongering
Every election sees drama, but it seems to be hypercharged this year. The left is criticizing the right of inciting fearmongering by hyping up illegal immigration concerns and the “Babadook”. Meanwhile, the right blames the left for being melodramatic by calling this “the most important election in the history of mankind."
The left calls this a “historic” election and states that the “future of American democracy” is on the line. The left calls out optimistic numbers about expected turnout, but are already preempting a loss by blaming gerrymandering (Texas), voter suppression (Georgia) and racism (North Carolina).
The right paints the Democratic party as working to “undermine the American system of government and American way of life” by calling out actions taken to overturn the election, abolish the Electoral College and weaponize the FBI, among many other claims.
U.S. voter turnout is abysmal, especially compared with other developed democratic countries. In the 2016 election, roughly 56% of Americans voted, compared with 80%+ in many European countries, 66% in Mexico, and 65% in Canada. Voting for your local politicians tomorrow is arguably more directly impactful to you than the presidential election - so make your voice heard.
Watching the drama unfold on Tuesday night
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