Today is Missouri's presidential primary, and I almost didn't vote. Key word: almost. I hesitated, asking myself, "Since I don't support the popular candidates, what good will my one vote actually do?" The answer: a lot.
Oh, my one minuscule voice may not sway the outcome of the election, but that's not the point. Until the 19th amendment passed in 1920, women weren't even allowed to vote. Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Lucy Burns, and countless others willingly served prison time, went on hunger strikes, and suffered multiple forms of public ridicule to simply earn the right to vote. And me? I take that right for granted, and almost squandered my opportunity because my opinion isn't the popular one. Key word: almost.
So, I voted. I don't care if it counts or makes a significant difference. It's my voice, and I raised it. It would be a slap in the aforementioned ladies' faces to do otherwise.
It's too late now to vote in Missouri this time, but there's another election in November. And if your state hasn't held its primary, caucus, or whatever, you owe it to yourself to participate. It's your voice; raise it!