Get out and Vote! (Editorial by Andy Lagopus)


For those of you in the United States, today is Election Day.  That means if you’re over 18, you need to get your fuzzy wuzzy little tail down to the voting booths and cast your ballot!

I’m dead serious, this is an important moment in the history of America.  We have many bad choices, and the few good choices have almost no support, so we need to each individually decide where we’re going to place our trust for the coming years.

2016 is a year that keeps bringing us things that nobody could have ever predicted.  A movie that had the biggest superheroes in history battling for dominance was a critical failure.  A dead gorilla became a pop-culture icon.  The film that Disney was expecting to act as a placeholder until their next big princess film ended up making over a billion dollars.

Anything can happen.

Personally, I’ll be voting for neither Clinton nor Trump- I’m holding out hope that Evan McMullin can win Utah, and upset the electoral college so that neither of the major party candidates can officially win.  And if that happens there’s a very small, but real, chance that neither of them ends up in the oval office.  Even if the odds are less than 1{fc17e15ed6c8f701884a899a735d4ed94fc8cfa66fc2f404dd33f42f9afeb7a1}, I’ll take those odds if it means a chance of having someone who isn’t morally defunct leading our nation.  That’s my personal opinion, so take that as you will- it’s not an official endorsement from ZNN.  Just me.

As a certain rabbit once said, “I implore you… try.  Try to make the world a better place, and recognize that change starts with you.  It starts with me.  It starts with all of us.”

I urge you, if you aren’t yet registered to vote, then please take advantage of the many resources available to you so you can get registered.  And once you are registered, find out where to go vote.  No matter who you decide to vote for, go out and do it.  Please.  I’m begging you.  Vote.

Try Everything.
~Andy Lagopus


  1. This is such an important message; thank you for sharing it, Andy! Beyond the presidential election, there are many state and local elections that get lost in the national fervor, but they are equally important as they determine how American citizens live their lives every day. Although no Zootopians are on any ballots (and a Hopps/Wilde ticket would be thrilling) and the choices may be odious, it is still important to vote and lend our voices to the political process – real change cannot begin without us.

  2. sadly, people did give in to fear, and the chaos that is going on in social media, face to face… is just making me physically sick.. i was literally shaking, stomach was nauseous tiljust a bit ago, and even though i wasn't physically crying… ya know…. *shuffles in a corner* i am jus so at a loss for words, its not even funny… or the fact that long time friends are cutting people out of their lives because they didn't vote clinton, or they voted 3rd party (3rd party voter here)…. this is the chaos they wanted, the damned sheep! XC

    • Fear drove the campaigns on both sides of the aisle. "Imagine Hillary's America!" "Imagine Trump's America!"

      Neither were good candidates, honestly. One is an incompetent loud mouth and the other is a known and proven criminal with an incredibly shady political history. That being said, Trump is not near as bad as he is being made out to be. I do not think he is fit to be president and I definitely didn't vote for him; however, the fear you're describing is a direct result of the media in this country using fear mongering to sway votes. Much of what Trump has said has been greatly exaggerated and misconstrued to fit a certain narrative. He's not a solution, but he's a direct result of the DNC's horrible handling of this election. Hillary was not selected out of popular choice, she was nominated through a rigged primary and forced on to the Democratic party as their candidate. As a result, the election was lost.

      At the end of the day, I think this is a great learning experience for America. Trumps' election shows the overall disdain for career politicians and a lot of the DNC's shadiness was brought to the surface. I think this will make for an interesting 2020 election cycle. Hopefully one day we can all come together on the important issues and put our biases aside. Until that day, this country will remain fractured.

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