For weeks, I was pondering whether I, a loyal Bernie fan, should vote for Stein or for Clinton. I finally decided to vote for Clinton because the stakes in this year's election are too high to risk a protest vote. In my view, Trump is a dangerous demagogue who would ruin our country and even the world. Enabling Trump by giving my vote away to a third party with no chance of winning the presidency would be reckless. So, I now stand firmly behind Clinton and I see her as our best chance to bring Bernie's ideas to life.
After a brain-storming session with my family, I decided to reach out to fellow Berners in an effort to convince them that Clinton is our best bet in our fight for change. I decided to set up a voter registration station right next to the University of Michigan’s main campus in Ann Arbor, run by me, an independent. Wearing a shirt that identified me as a Bernie fan who supports Hillary, I put my plan into action. While I of course hoped to reach out to Berners who were voting for Hillary, I registered everyone who came to my table, regardless of political affiliation or views. To my delight, two fellow Bernie loyalists came up to me and offered to help with the effort. We spent nine days registering voters, answering questions, having good conversations, and giving out free buttons. My biggest joy, aside from turning in 400 voter registrations and giving away over 200 buttons, was when a young woman told me: “I really appreciate you.”
Working together we can have an impact and achieve change. Go vote for Hillary!
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