Vote while that right is something you can still take for granted (even tough you shouldn’t)! The police abuse endured by racial justice protesters in recent months is a reminder that sometimes there’s a high cost for free speech. Voting should not be as risky or contentious as protesting, but the Republicans are doing everything they can to suppress voting and undermine democracy. If you believe in democracy, then voting is not just a right, but also a duty. Let’s ensure that protest is an additional way to use your voice, not the ONLY way left. I acknowledge our democracy could be vastly improved upon, and voting is part of that process… duh! Arrest illustration based on a photo by Sean Bonner.