On this election eve, I felt the need to address something that I’ve been thinking about for almost a year now. We see celebrities, politicians, our peers all say “go vote,” “it’s your civic duty,” or “your opinion doesn’t matter if you don’t vote.”

The reality is voting is your right and only that. It’s not a duty, it’s not a moral obligation – it’s a right. If you feel conflicted whether because of religious or personal beliefs, no one should make you feel inferior for not participating in a voluntary act.

This election has been so heated and the American people are more conflicted than ever. We need educated voters to step up and vote. We need young people who believe in the democratic process to vote. We don’t need those who are simply voting for “the lesser of two evils.” Am I out of line for saying this? Does this go against everything America stands for? I don’t believe so. Look at the Evangelical community, they didn’t even turn out to vote in mass until the 1970’s.

If you are at odds between the two candidates, it’s ok, take a deep breath with me – it’s going to be ok.

Personally, I feel there is a clear choice in this election. I was conflicted at first, but then I took a big look at a few key points that were important to me. This allowed me to go in, vote, and feel confident about my candidate. You might feel the same way but still be in the dark. It’s ok. For those of you that are passionate about either candidate and are educated on the issues – VOTE. This is your time to represent your country and candidate using your right given to you by the United States of America.

I leave you with one of my favorite Roosevelt quotes:

A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
– Theodore Roosevelt