Notes from Joe: Voting is Our Ultimate Power

When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, he observed, “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.”

Voting is the ultimate power. And over the years, in fits and starts, we have seen that power grow – overcoming the obstacles thrown in our way as we continue to pursue a more perfect union.

As I’ve said from the start of this campaign; we are in a battle for the soul of the nation. We find ourselves at a crossroads: on one side, the path of darkness, anger, and more division; on the other, the path of light, hope, and unity.

This is the most consequential election of our lifetime and the most important thing is that you vote and make your voice heard. Visit to learn about the options where you live.

Let me tell you this: your vote matters.

Tens of millions of Americans have already voted, and millions more will join them because they can feel the fierce urgency of this moment.

They are voting because access to affordable, quality health care is in jeopardy. They are voting because they want an economy that rewards work, not just wealth. They are voting because they finally want to see action to address this pandemic. They are voting because they are concerned about the environment and the world they’ll pass down to their children and grandchildren. They are voting to demand that equal justice be guaranteed for all.

The character of our country is on the ballot. Compassion is on the ballot. Decency, science, democracy, they are all on the ballot.

Jill and I voted early. Even after all these years, it’s still a strange feeling to see my name and cast that ballot for myself. It’s also a solemn reminder of what’s at stake in asking others to do the same.

When I was growing up, my dad used to say, “Remember Joey, nobody is better than you, but you’re better than nobody. Everyone is your equal, and everyone is equal to you.”

It’s one of the lessons I took to heart. It’s why I’ve spent my career fighting for working people and middle-class families like the ones I grew up with in Scranton, Pennsylvania and Claymont, Delaware.

And it’s why I’ll continue fighting for you every day as the next president of the United States.

You have in your hands the ultimate power to determine the outcome of this election.

I humbly ask you to use it.

– Joe