Voting is beneficial to ourselves and our communities in so many ways!
Voting is associated with better overall physical health. A study quoted by Healthy People 2020 found that voter participation was associated with better self-reported health. In another study, individuals who did not vote reported poorer health in subsequent years.
Voting improves social ties. Voting helps to strengthen our ties with our community. Being part of a strong, close society is linked with higher quality of life and greater longevity, says Stanford researchers.
Voting can help develop an individual’s sense of purpose. Participating in meaningful civic activities improves one’s sense of purpose. Having a strong sense of purpose can increase optimism, joy, happiness and satisfaction which leads to better physical health and a lower risk of death. Voting also helps students feel more engaged in school.
Voting betters your mental health. Voting helps to lower stress and prevent mental health conditions. Political activism is also linked to happiness, suggested by a study published in Political Psychology in 2009.
Voting sets a good example. Voting and political activism sets a good example to others in your life, particularly children. While kids are not able to vote yet, seeing their parent’s do so opens a conversation on civic engagement and current social issues. Marc Zimmerman, a psychologist and professor at the University of Michigan says, “There is also some evidence that talking about politics may help kids become better critical thinkers and help parents build communication patterns with their kids.” Voting can also be a good example to friends, family, and coworkers.
Voting gets your voice heard. Voting is the best way to ensure you are represented by your elected officials at every level of government in decisions that impact your life and your community. In Utah, some elections are won or lost by just a handful of votes – or even a coin toss when there is a tie! Every vote matters!
If you’ve already mailed or dropped off your ballot, you can check to see if it has arrived at vote.utah.gov
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