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Why I’m hesitant to vote in the 2022 midterms

(Photo courtesy of NY1) “This map shows the Senate seats up for re-election in the 2022 midterms.”

Tanner Hume
Connector Editor

The mid-term elections are arguably the most important time of any presidential term, as this decides how the rest of the term will play out, either for good or for worse. But honestly, I don’t really care about the elections.

Yes, I will be voting like everyone else is, but I feel like I am only doing it because it is my civil duty to do so. Other than that, I do not care about who is running or what each candidate wants to do. For state elections in Massachusetts, it’s either a candidate backed by Trump, or a longtime Attorney General that some people aren’t sure can fulfill the duties of governor. As much as I would like to support one side over the other, I can’t. It is hard for me to pick a side when there are no real upsides for me to even consider. But again, I have to choose one or the other.

I do not like being forced into voting for one side over the other, and neither should you. This is a time in our lives when we have to decide how the next couple of years play out, which in it of itself, may have massive repercussions either in our finances or in the way we might be educated. Another reason is that candidates tend to lie every single time about how they’re going to do something for the voter, but ultimately spit in the face of every single one by not doing what they say they’re going to do. The third and final reason, it is just one massive popularity contest where each person tries to act the best way they possibly can, only to act like horrible when they actually win the seat.

And it’s not only in state elections I find those to be true, but also in national mid-terms too. With people voting for state representatives or U.S. senators, it is the same ordeal. But even then, national elections play a far larger role than anyone realizes. What ends up happening in the national mid-term elections decides and paves the way for the remainder of President Joe Biden’s term, whether it be how many more stairs he falls down or how many more incoherent statements he makes. And during a time when a big Russian bear is invading Ukraine, there will have to be very important decisions that have to be made and fast.

Regardless of all the negativity I have spewed onto this opinion editorial, I still will highly encourage you to vote today (being that the article is published on the 1st) and only do so with the highest amount of confidence you can possibly have when voting. This is a very crucial election for all of us, and we have to do what is right, and that is to go out there and vote. It does not matter how you, the reader, feel about any candidate. What does matter, is making your voice heard in these elections. So get out there, and go vote. Every vote matters.

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