I've been telling people that I don't intend on voting in the presidential election today, but I've recently been convinced why it's one of the most important things you should do. So, I stand corrected and I must admit that I was wrong for thinking that it didn't matter.

The presidential election isn't the only item on the ballot. You get to vote for other state issues and local government politicians who will have a greater impact on your daily life. Right now on Minnesota's ballot, residents will decide whether to let our elected officials decide their own salary. So, it's not just about who is running for president.

Why let everyone else make your choice for you? If more people vote, we'll have a better representation of what the people really want. If everyone believes that their vote doesn't matter, then our future will be decided by a smaller pool of people. Wouldn't you rather it be representative of as many people as possible? Plus, someone is going to win this election, so why not vote for the person you think can do a better job of leading the country?

Voting is a right that we fought for. There are other countries who desperately wish they had the opportunity we do to change the future of their country. Sometimes we can take our freedom and our rights for granted. Don't let your vote go to waste because it's your voice. Don't let anyone else speak for you.

So, these are the reasons why I will be voting in this election even though it has been a complete circus on both sides of the fence. I'll be voting with my personal beliefs and morals in mind as well as the research I've done on the candidates. I don't want to tell you who I'm voting for because it doesn't matter. What matters is what you believe and that you exercise your right to vote today!