BURGESS: Wisconsin voters must act

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I’ve come to notice a great political divide within our nation. Fighting over who is right and ignoring any oppositional viewpoint in the pursuit of unity, when actually this method just forces more separation. The division is expanding, including here in Wisconsin, and chaos is rising. It’s time for Wisconsinites to stand up and vote.

It’s up to you to decide who is best to represent you and your home state. Your vote is important, so being educated about each candidate will help you make your choice for this upcoming midterm.

Wisconsin has two senators and eight representatives in the House. Congress votes on and both approve and strike down bills and laws. The laws they make influence our daily lives and serve as a voice for the people, which is why, we the people, can vote them in.

You know what will happen if we don’t vote for the right people to represent our communities? A greater divide and chaos. They say if you don’t vote, someone else will.

I wouldn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to make a difference in the people and the laws that will affect my family. People will turn protests into riots because they aren’t being represented the way they want and won’t be seeing any improvements in their community.

I have seen so many people angry and unruly over the people in the government. Now is the time to cast your vote, make your voice heard and elect who you want to see represent Wisconsin.

“If you want something done, do it yourself,” everyone says it, even in memesBut the truth is, you can’t always rely on the elites, there’s a reason the founders chose democracy. We all have a say in how our country will be run.

Mandela Barnes and Ron Johnson are the two Senate candidates for Wisconsin. Johnson (R) as the incumbent and Barnes (D) as the young man on the rise, seeking votes of college students and people of color to pull through and vote him in.

When considering how to vote, it is essential to look at the issues on the table and where candidates stand regarding them.

Marquette University’s Law School poll found that 73% of registered Wisconsin voters are either very or somewhat concerned about climate change. The Wisconsin Public Radio said during Wisconsin’s first U.S. Senate debate, the two candidates provided a great contrast in addressing the issue.

Running for his third term, Johnson said the nation can’t afford to spend billions of dollars to ‘solve a problem that’s not solvable.’ On the contrary, Barnes said most of the world’s solar panels are in China, “We can do a build on those right here in Wisconsin, charting a path to a clean energy.”

Voters, ask yourself, “What’s important to you?” 

Not only will you be voting for your senator, but also your governor.

‘As state leaders, Governor advance and pursue new and revised policies and programs using a variety of tools, among them executive orders…,” the National Governors Association says.

There are three candidates: Incumbent Tony Evers (D), Tim Michels (R) and Joan E. Beglinger (I).

In Evers’s plan, he advocates for “Protect the Will of the People.” In his second term, Governor Evers says he will continue to do what he can to make sure that every eligible voter is able to vote in the election.

In Michels’ economic blueprint, Michels says that his administration will provide all businesses the opportunity to succeed and grow. “I don’t just talk about economic growth, I have lived it,” Michels said. “I am the only candidate who has created jobs.”

As governor, Beglinger said one of her initial priorities is reversing rising crime.

“I will keep our focus where it belongs. We do not have a ‘gun problem’ in Wisconsin,” Beglinger said. “We have a murder problem.”

The focus should be less on how to vote, and more on doing it in general. People in history have fought so hard for our right to vote, especially as women and people of color. We all may have differences in opinion, perspective and ideology, but we should all agree that voting is essential. Vote because our lives depend on it.

This story was written by Trinity Burgess. She can be reached at [email protected]