Josh Norman wants you to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The Washington Redskins cornerback co-authored an essay in The Players' Tribune published Monday, reminding people why it's important to vote and what's at stake during this election.
Representing the Players Coalition, Norman and Eagles' Chris Long, Jets' Kelvin Beachum and retired 10-year veteran Matt Forte argue that voting offers people a "chance to make a moral statement about what we want our country to be and what values we cherish."
They wrote in the essay titled, "Our Lives Depend on It":
"We can raise our voice and remind our officials and each other that we are more than the hate we have seen. With our vote, we can say that we believe in and are committed to the happiness, the health and the lives of all Americans. We can tell the world that we are a country worthy of our reputation as the world’s greatest nation.
This is what is at stake with your vote.
If you think your vote doesn’t matter, just look at how hard certain officials are trying to suppress it. ...
We cannot afford to sit this one out, and anyone who tells you otherwise has an interest in keeping you at home. In the last midterm election, just 37% of eligible voters cast ballots. That means that 63% of those who could have voted chose to let someone else decide their fate. We cannot relegate the hopes and dreams of this country to such a small portion of society. "
In addition to highlighting the Senate and congressional races, the authors also reinforce the importance of voting in state and local elections, as those results have a more direct impact on the lives of constituents. Specifically, they point to the gubernatorial races in Florida, Georgia and Pennsylvania, as well as district attorney races in cities such as Boston, Birmingham, Alabama and Dallas.
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