It’s Thursday morning. Typically a quiet morning of a quiet day. But today is nothing but quiet; today is the state primaries for New York. Although many people may not be planning to vote, it is crucial that any eligible adults vote today.
Today could mark the end of the Cuomo era as Cynthia Nixon goes up against Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination for governor of New York State. Since New York is a predominantly democratic state, the nominee will win the election, which is why it is extremely important today. Not voting today is basically not voting for your governor. And if people don’t vote for higher offices such as governor, they might as well not live in a democratic society. They put to shame the treacherous journeys their ancestors took to give them freedom and liberty.
Additionally, today is the democratic primary for Attorney General. The candidates are Leecia Eve, Letitia “Tish” James, Sean Patrick Maloney and Zephyr Teachout. Although many people may feel the Attorney General has little impact on their lives, it has great impact. The Attorney General can help bring justice to families all over New York, prosecuting the guilty and freeing the innocent, making it a very important decision position.
Finally, many seats are up for election in the State Senate and House of Representatives, which, as always, is crucial to vote for. The people that sit in the state legislature are the voices of their people. They create laws for their people. They are the closest anyone can get to creating legislation on a state level, possibly even inspiring a national movement.
Democracy is supposed to carry its people into a brighter future. Democracy is supposed to empower people to share their opinion and make change. Democracy is supposed to inspire people to be innovators and to rise up through social classes and restraints. But democracy can not help anyone if they don’t vote. If the people don’t vote, a once prized system becomes virtually worthless.
Photo: Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking at Moynihan Train Hall (Reuters)