If you’re an American adult, there’s a lot of intense pressure to vote right now.
And I know that, for all kinds of reasons, a lot of you won’t be able to vote today. And all of you matter too.
Some of you may be unable to travel to the polls.
Some of you may have been convicted of a crime (rightly or wrongly).
Some of you may have been declared mentally incompetent by a judge.
Some of you may not have been able to figure out how to get a ballot in time.
Some of you might be at home taking care of kids with no one available to watch them so that you can go to the polls.
Some of you might have abusive partners who are preventing you from voting.
Some of you might be avoiding a stalker who knows your polling location.
Or any number of reasons.
Voting is important, but it is not the end all and be all of civic responsibility. If you for whatever reason aren’t able to exercise your right to vote, you’re still an American, you’re still an adult, and your voice still matters. (And if you’re neither an American nor an adult, your voice also still matters.) You have not failed or forfeited the right to have an opinion on political issues.
Whether or not you vote today, you matter and it’s good that you care about things, and it’s ok to keep caring about things.