As you can probably guess, we at Ranker are pretty big on voting. The whole reason Ranker exists is to give every person the chance to voice their opinion on who's the best guitarist in history, what TV shows should win an Emmy this year, and even what their favorite ice cream topping is - so you can imagine that, when it comes to deciding how our country should be run, we take voting pretty seriously.Article Image
Although all it takes to vote on a Ranker list is an internet connection, participating in our democracy requires you to do a little more work. Unfortunately, many people don't know exactly what they have to do to register to vote until it's too late. After all, only about 137 million people voted in the 2016 presidential election, seven times less than the total number of votes cast on Ranker. That's why we're teaming up with HeadCount (here's the link to their site) to get every single one of our eligible readers registered, no matter what state they live in. If you're worried that registering (here is HeadCount again) will be too complicated or time consuming, just click this link and you'll see exactly how easy it can be. (Can you tell how much we want you to click this link?)
Lack of awareness isn't the only reason people don't register to vote. Over the last few decades, voter turnout has been on a steady decline. There are several different factors contributing to this, but one of the most fundamental issues is apathy and disillusionment with government itself. When people lose faith that their votes can affect the way our political system works, they stop bothering to do the work of registering and showing up to the booth on Election Day. No matter how easy and convenient you make the voting process, people won't take advantage of it if they don't feel like their vote will really make a difference.
Let's say you're one of these people who feels like one voice won't be heard. First of all, we get it: we started Ranker because we were sick of all the "authorities" online telling readers what to think instead of asking readers what they think. In much the same way, it's easy to watch the news and feel like none of what you see reflects what you and the people in your community really want.
The way we see it, voting is your opportunity to change all that. Just because there is gap between what some people want and what they've got, doesn't mean hope is lost - in a democracy, people have the opportunity to change their path. We at Ranker noticed people wanted a chance to make their voice heard on the internet, so we took action to give it to them. Regardless of your political leaning, you have the opportunity to take action and make your voice heard by registering to vote.
We think it's important that you not only register to vote yourself, but talk to your friends, your family, your neighbors, and everyone you know to make sure they get registered, too. And even though Election Day is still a while away, why not get started now?
Make your voice heard for the 2020 election. REGISTER TO VOTE!