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One question dominates the political discourse in this country: How do we move this country forward? On election day, Americans will choose the leaders that they believe have the best answer.

I won’t bog you down with political rhetoric, nor will I outline the various candidates in both major parties. But, I humbly submit this one directive: vote.

Voting is a privilege. A privilege that we should never take for granted. A privilege, because many of our forefathers were prohibited from participating in the democratic process. We need only look back fifty years in this country’s history to see that black people were largely disenfranchised from the voting process.

This is not revelatory information. You know our history. We’ve all heard about the blood, sweat and tears of our ancestors. We’ve seen the pictures and heard the speeches. Sadly, many of us know our history and choose to ignore it. But, we cannot ignore the fact this election will decide if we will be an inclusive nation that values and champions the various forms of equality that our ancestors yearned for.

This election will also decide your future. Yes, this election is about you.

Politics impacts you on every level – from the interest rate on your student loan, to whether or not you get a student loan at all. It impacts the job market that you will enter after graduation and your ability to purchase a home after you enter the job market.

This election is about you helping to shape our collective destiny as a nation. This election is about you helping to define who we are as a nation.

So, vote. Vote because you care about the future of this country.  Vote, because you care about your future.

Oh, and tell a friend to do the same.

Live HOPE. Give HOPE.

Rochée Jeffrey
Guest Blogger

About the Author

Rochée Jeffrey is a politics junkie, writer and social media maven. Follow her: @ithastobesaid