Anyone who reads Late Enough for more than a month knows who I’m voting for on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, but I have a secret. I think politics is a lot like parenting.
No one thinks: I’m going to vote for the person who will totally screw over my country because this place sucks, and I’m just sick of living in a great city and this is just the representative to ruin it for all of us.
We chose our representatives on every level based on our knowledge and life experiences and belief systems. We vote with courage and hope and determination because we want was is best for our school, town, city, state and county. I truly believe the most important piece is VOTING. First, we practice the right to vote and attacking others for whom they chose to vote for should be a close third since I’d like to think that supporting who we vote for is second although it depends a little on the day and my mood.
So here is a nonpartisan site, Can I Vote, which lists voting eligibility, polling site, what will be on the ballot, and ID requirements. I used it to find local politicians’ websites to make my final voting decisions for our school board and city council. Being an informed voter does making voting a little more about our intelligence and a little less about, Hey, his name is the same as my favorite uncle, when it come to local politics.
Also, every year, I vote with my kids because I want them to appreciate how important our voice is to our country and our government. I give them a little lesson in civics and patriotism and STICKERS!
Yes, I vote every year, not just presidential years, because our local, state and national representative influence much of our lives so I want a say (that’s also probably why I have a blog), but I do like the presidential election years the best as my pictures from 2008 can attest.
I plan to again stay up way too late with 3 computers, 2 phones and the television blasting because I love living in a country where my vote counts. Look, if we can make Virginia a swing state anything can happen anywhere. I don’t want to miss it.
However, for all the emails, ads and calls we have had to endure, particularly us swing staters, I think we should have the day off. Couldn’t the 5 billion dollars spent on the 2012 presidential campaigns cover our economy for the day? I’d probably be a one-issue voter if someone would run on getting Election Day off or run on getting rid of Daylight Savings Time. I’d be willing to trade in Columbus Day for Election Day, too. Constitutional amendment anyone?
To those who cannot vote because they have been disenfranchised through our justice system or our voter ID system, I am sorry. Our country would be better off if you could vote today, and until justice is truly blind and voter fraud is actually a problem, I will continue to think and pray and vote with you mind on Election Days.
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