Editorial: Get out the Vote (Finally)

James Dreher, JCI Michigan Technology Committee, Michigander Editor
James Dreher, 2020 Michigander Editor, JCI Michigan Technology Committee

How’s 2020 going for you? As long as March, April and May felt, here we are. November.

We’re now in the final days before the 2020 General Election. For those who have already filled out and returned their absentee ballot, either in-person, drop-off, or via mail, Thank You.

Either top of the ballot, bottom the ballot, and everywhere in between, the old maxim that “elections have their consequences” has never rang truer, than in a year like 2020. Undoubtedly, you have already been inundated with information about every candidate, every issue, and reasoning and rationale in every imaginable direction. It is 2020, after all.

John Adams commented, when asked what the new America would look like, that his new country was blessed with “a government of laws and not a government of men.”

Sound familiar?

The heart of our Junior Chamber movement is one in the same with our constitutional republic. It is the notion that no matter what, upholding the voice of our members and amplifying the voices of our communities are undertakings worthy of our time, talent and treasure.

There is no better example of “Creating Opportunities to Empower Young People to Create Positive Change” than asking our friends, neighbors, coworkers or acquaintances, 18 and over, if they’re registered to vote, and if they plan to do so.

Our Constitution works best when the precepts, traditions, and examples of prior years and elections are observed. Our shared vision of the general welfare of our nation directly align with the mission and vision of the Junior Chamber. We should…


Take the time to check in with neighbors, friends and family between now and November 3. Help those without means to travel to the polls to get there. Help unregistered voters find their way to their closest clerk’s office. Most of all, be respectful of those who wish to not vote, and be respectful of those who disagree. At the end of the day, we’re all in this together.

James Dreher serves as the 2020 Michigander Editor as part of the JCI Michigan Technology Committee. He has held multiple local, state and national positions, including serving as the 2017 JCI USA Communications Chair.

Opinions and views published here are those of the author, and do not serve as an official position of JCI Michigan, its local organizations, or governing organizations. 

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