The choice facing us this November on election day is not a pretty one. Many of us will go to the polls and choose which candidate we least dislike. Unfortunately, this unpleasant choice will keep many homeschoolers at home on election day. I want to encourage you, however, to exercise not only your freedom but also your duty to vote; and here’s why.
Set an example: One of these days in the not so distant future, your children will be voting age if they aren’t already. I have one that is. She also doesn’t like the choices, but she has ordered her absentee ballot and is going to cast an informed ballot. I think this is largely because she has seen her parents faithfully going to vote, even in the minor elections. And yes, even this year when we don’t like the choices.
State and Local Leaders: This election isn’t just about the president. There are also many state and local offices to be filled, taxing issues, and other issues to be decided this November. Historically, and constitutionally, education decisions are made at the state and local level. It is important to vote candidates in that support homeschooling.
Supreme Court: The next president will appoint at the very least one Supreme Court justice. While the U.S. Supreme Court has not ruled on homeschooling specifically, they have previously ruled several times on issues that affect homeschooling (Wisconsin v. Yoder 1972). It is certainly possible for a case to come before them in the future regarding homeschooling specifically or more generally about private education. So, it is important to vote for a presidential candidate that will appoint a justice who will decide cases based upon the constitution and not upon their political bias.
Homeschooling became legal in all 50 states in 1993. Although that wasn’t that long ago, we have a tendency to take homeschooling freedoms for granted. Those freedoms can easily be rendered to be at risk by an overenthusiastic bureaucrat or an uninformed elected official. We must remain vigilant and exercise every opportunity we have to maintain our freedoms. So, please, learn about your choices, and get out and vote!