One drop of rain really doesn’t seem like much, does it? It just evaporates off your car’s windshield and you forget it was ever there. But if you take one drop of rain after another, pretty soon you have a downpour and suddenly you can hardly see how to drive no matter how fast those wipers try to move that water away. Even more drops mean the roadways will flood, bridges will wash out, homes will be destroyed, and maybe lives lost. It all started with one drop.
Sometimes it is the accumulation of little actions in just one person’s life that need to add up to make something. Other times it is the little actions of a lot of people that are all put together to start a trend much larger than what one person can do alone. That’s why voting is so important. It is that addition factor that means that one person CAN be the difference between change or the same old thing.
Many elections have been decided on the basis of just 5-10 votes. In 2020, there really was one that was decided by a coin toss. ONE more person voting would have made the difference. (Can you imagine losing to the flip of a coin?) If you do the math, Joe Biden won Georgia in 2020 by just 3 votes per precinct in Georgia. Don’t tell me your vote doesn’t make a difference! Yes, it does!! We need every single vote. We are not just talking to hear ourselves talk.
Don’t allow anyone to keep you FROM VOTING either. It is YOUR RIGHT. If you think you are being intimidated, call the Voter Protection Hotline. If somebody is REALLY getting ugly, call 911, too. Voter Intimidation is illegal. Don’t get hurt, but don’t let them stand between you and voting. You have the right to be there.
The attempt to give you anything of value in exchange for your vote is also illegal. You cannot volunteer to vote in exchange for money or something of value. The penalty is very steep. The fine is high and the jail time is significant.
The Election Boards MUST notify you 30 days ahead of the election if your place to vote is being changed for any reason. Call 888-730-5316 if you find that it had been changed and you were not notified.
If you run into these loud-mouthed fools, drunks, and idiots, do not try to engage with them. They are what they are. Call 911 and 888-730-5316 and report what they are doing. Take videos if possible and photos of tags. If you can upload immediately, do so. (JIC somebody decides to smash a phone because you were making videos and photos, that will preserve the images.)
Stay cool. Stay calm. Vote like your future depends on it. Because it does.