A family's story

Elect to be…

I have avoided writing anything about politics in my posts because, well, I am not one to stir up controversy and invite criticism. I have my beliefs. Others have theirs. I respect others beliefs, and I hope they respect mine. I am not going to say much else…except that if you haven’t already, please go out and vote!! We have been so blessed to have the privilege to vote. All we need to do is turn 18, and voila, we can vote for local, state, and national leaders. We don’t have to worry about losing our lives because we voted. We don’t have to worry about being female, or a different social class, or a particular race. Once we turn 18, we can register to vote. It is easy. It takes little time and/or effort. What are you waiting for?!

Don’t ever say that your vote won’t count. It does. The only election I ever missed was in the year 2000. Yes…THAT election. I was very self-absorbed. I was young. And dumb. And completely wrapped up in my wedding planning. The election was only a few days prior to my wedding…and I blew it off. Apparently getting some Jordan almonds for favors..or some tulle…or something equally ridiculous took priority over my civil duty to vote. As Hubz (who was not quite “Hubz” at that point) and I watched the results that night, I became ashamed…embarrassed. If ever in the history of voting did a vote or two count, it would have been in that election…and I didn’t vote. From that debacle on, I insisted that I would vote…and I encourage you to do the same.

I want to share a really cool story–as I voted today, a mother and her son entered the polling place. He was recently 18…and was voting in his first election ever. He was so nervous. He stammered a few times. He fumbled with the pen as he signed in to vote. He dropped his ballot on the way to the voting “booth”. But then he did it. And as he entered his ballot into the machine, the entire place erupted into applause. I couldn’t help but join in. It was exhilarating…exciting. I got goosebumps. The young man thanked everyone for being patient and nice…and threw his arms up into a “victory” pose. That is what it means to be proud of your citizenship.

Now, please, go vote!! Only about 6 more hours here!!!



Comments on: "Elect to be…" (6)

  1. That gave me chills. How cool is that everyone applauded?

  2. Love this post! I have voted in every election since I was 18 ( you know, just a couple years ago 😉 )! I can totally understand how you felt the election you did not vote. I would have been the same way. And I’m glad you shared your observation of that first time voter! It is an amazing privilege to live where we do with system we have and we should never take it for granted!

  3. What a wonderful story!

    I feel very blessed that in Ohio this year everyone was given the opportunity to vote absentee. I took that opportunity and finally felt like I had a chance to understand the issues and the candidates. Hooray for rocking the vote!

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