Get out there and vote

By Tyler Davis

Regardless of what “that guy” in your LAS course says, voting does matter.

The voter turnout is expected to be high this year. High by recent American standards, which means it probably won’t get past 60 percent. Turnout in 2008 was 56.8 percent, and according to an Oct. 29  Pew poll, voters are as highly engaged this election cycle as they were then.

“While turnout forecasts are very difficult, the level of engagement at this point in the campaign suggests that a relatively high percentage of voters will go to the polls,” according to Pew.

“Relatively” is the key word there. 50­–60 percent is still fairly low. Plenty of countries have close to all of their voting population show up on election day.  Belgium had an 89 percent turnout rate and Italy had an 80 percent rate in their last elections, according to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. Ten countries  around the world even make voting mandatory, such as Australia, Peru and Brazil.

As an incentive, voters in Chicago can show their “I Voted” sticker at various restaurants for some Election Day deals. So why not get out there and exercise your right?

Free California roll with a $10 purchase at RA Sushi, 1139 N. State St.

Get into the Election Party at the Tonic Room, 2447 N Halsted St. 8 p.m. FREE.

Free dessert with an entree at Schubas Tavern at 3159 N. Southport Ave.

Any Zipcar reservation made during voting hours on election day will be 50 percent off.

Cab rides to your polling place will be free through the Uber taxi app with the promo code “VOTECHI.” Any ride under $20.12 during voting hours will be free thanks to Uber and Rock the Vote.

No matter whom you vote for, today marks the end of the endless campaign commercials, at least until the next election. That’s something we can all support.