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Editorial: Register to Vote by Oct. 24 to Protect your Loved Ones

by: Bailey Weber

Photo Courtesy of Glen Carrie on Unsplash

As Election Day quickly approaches, so does the deadline to register to vote. Oct. 24 is the last day to register in Pennsylvania, and that day is right around the corner. It is important to register to vote because it is important to have the opportunity to vote. Without registering, you won’t have a way to vote for the candidate that has the same values as you.

This election is one of the most important midterms in recent history. With the overturning of Roe v. Wade, many candidates are pushing for abortions to become illegal in their state. Although President Biden said he would be signing an executive order to protect abortion rights, this is only if the Democrats can keep the majority in the house. If they don’t the order will not pass the floor and will not be sent to President Biden’s desk. 

Although sometimes it feels like our votes do not matter, if we do not rally together and vote for those who want to protect us, our rights will be in danger. 

In the race between Doug Mastriano and Josh Shapiro, Shapiro believes that abortions should always be legal, there should be more fuel-alternative options, and that guns laws should be strengthened to help protect those in the state. 

One of Mastriano’s main parts of his candidacy is denying the 2020 election results. Alongside that, he believes that there should be a complete abortion ban, which includes victims of rape and incest. 

Men should not be making laws to control women’s bodies under any circumstances. Especially since overpopulation is proven to be causing extreme environmental damage in the United States. 

In the other race, John Fetterman is running against Dr. Mehmet Oz for the open Senate seat. Some of Fetterman’s main focuses include guaranteeing health care for Americans, criminal justice reform, and, like Shapiro, protecting women’s reproductive rights. 

Dr. Oz’s views include stopping illegal immigration, protecting second ammendemt rights, and limiting access to abortions. 

Pennsylvania residents need to work together and protect their loved ones by registering to vote and voting blue on Nov. 8. If people like Mastriano and Oz get into office, women’s rights will be in extreme danger, the environment will become worse than it is now, and guns will be more accessible than they have ever been. 

Think of your mothers, your sisters, your daughters, your nieces, and all of the feminine presenting people you know. Think of how important their happiness and safety means to you. Keep them in mind when filling out your mail-in ballot. Think of their faces when you vote on Nov. 8. 

Protect those you love now, or you might not have the opportunity to for a long time. 

Register to vote by Oct. 24 here.

Use this website to find your polling place. 

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