Have You Voted Yet? Today Is The Day

Hi and happy Tuesday. Primary election Tuesday that is. May 1st as well often called May Day. Have you voted today or in early voting? I hope so. I did during early voting and am glad that I did.

Ian came with us to vote and helped choose the candidates.  He enjoys the process and is interested in knowing what happens. I am hoping it will stay important to him as he gets older.  After all, elections are the time when we can have our voice heard and vote for those we agree with.

Each vote counts and each vote matters.  May we choose wisely.  May we think about who we want to run the offices that are up for election.  We will be voting again in November for the mid-term Congressional races. That will be interesting and I hope not too ugly.

As a song in the musical Hamilton states, “Winning is easy, governing is harder.”  May we remember that and help elect those who will do right by us.  I don’t know about you but I am thrilled to live in a country where I get to help decide those who lead us and provide essential tasks for us. My hope is that they will continue to do so with honor.

If you have questions about voting, please contact your local Election Commission Office. They can tell you where to vote and who is on the ballot, or refer you to that information.  And when you go, please remember your Voter ID card and Photo ID.  That is what was required at our precinct.

A few quotes about elections and voting:

  • “Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.” ~ Sydney J. Harris
  • “A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won’t cross the street to vote in a national election.” ~ Bill Vaughan
  • “Politicians and diapers should be changed frequently and all for the same reason.” ~ José Maria de Eça de Queiroz
  • “The politicians were talking themselves red, white and blue in the face.” ~ Clare Boothe Luce
  • “People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote – a very different thing.” ~ Walter H. Judd

Have You Voted?

Voting0003Today is Tuesday, November 8, 2016 — Election Day!  Finally!  After an ugly campaign season of more than a year, it is finally time to vote.

Have you voted?  I hope that you have or that you do today.  It is important to make our voices known and be involved.  As I heard on a show yesterday, people have fought and died for this right.

I voted early and am glad that I did. The line wasn’t long and I had a feeling that today it would be.  Ian went with us and was intrigued by the entire process.  He helped me push the button when I cast my ballot.

This morning, he set up a voting booth for his stuffed animals.  Several of them have cast their ballots.  Others will throughout the day.  I have to say that I loved seeing that!  He seems to understand the importance of voting and I hope that will be something that lasts his entire life.

It is interesting to think that in his life, he has only known President Obama as the President.  That is a unique perspective, isn’t it?  I wonder who will be the next President?  I just hope and pray tonight that the winner will win graciously, the loser will be gracious as well, and that we as a country can move on and heal.

Compromise and understanding what the opposition thinks aren’t bad things.  To me, the only way to move forward is to learn from one another, work together, and put the good of our country at the forefront.  May we figure out a way to do just that.

Today I am thankful for:

  • Living in a country where I can vote freely and as I choose
  • Women being given the right to vote in 1920
  • That our son is interested in the process
  • Our many freedoms and rights
  • Early voting
  • Our amazing three branches of government
  • Learning from others
  • My 9th Grade Civics Class
  • My diverse family and friends
  • My hubby and son
  • My dad who is one of the many election workers today
  • My mom who is passionate about her views
  • My parents who taught us to learn about issues and think for ourselves
  • My family who taught me to respect others and to be kind
  • My siblings, aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews
  • My friends who enrich my life

I wonder what the end of tonight will bring?  I just hope and pray that it is peaceful and without violence or hate.  May God Bless America

Be Sure To Vote!

Voting0003For many states in the country, today, March 1st is Super Tuesday.  My state is one of those.

I voted this morning at my son’s school and am glad that I did.  In this roller coaster of an election year, it is so very important for each citizen who has registered to vote to show up and cast a ballot.

I won’t share how I voted, but I do encourage you to vote.  Not what you think someone else wants you to do or who you think you should vote for, but what you have truly decided for yourself.

Before voting I talked with a boy in Ian’s class.  He mentioned that his grandmother was voting today and I said I was too.  He said he didn’t think it mattered if people voted and he wasn’t sure if he would when he was older.  I told him that I hope that he does vote when he is old enough.  I also said that each vote does matter.

Contrary to what the polls say, anyone can win an election primary.  Each person should vote and have his or her voice heard.  If not, the person or persons we don’t like could be elected.  They could even if we do vote so we may as well have a say and be part of the decision.  After all, decisions are made by those who show up.

My prayer is that we as a nation will vote for someone who can move us forward and help us realize that America will continue being as great as it always is.  My prayer is also that we vote for someone who is not a bully and respects others.

And, I hope that whoever is eventually elected will realize that he or she will be the President of all Americans, not just those they agree with or like.  I also hope that those elected to Congress will be more willing to work with the new President than they have with President Obama.  Setting out to help the elected official fail is something that I hope and pray that we will not see again.

If President Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neil could figure out a way to work together, why can’t those across the aisle today do the same?  After all, we are first and foremost Americans.

I Voted! Have You?

Voting0003Happy Election Day!  Today is Tuesday, November 4, and it is the day to get out and vote, if you haven’t already.

We voted last Thursday on the final day of early voting.  We waited in line for nearly 45 minutes, but it was well worth it. I got this sticker after I finished voting.  I thought it would be fun to use as the image for today’s blog.

We as citizens of the United States help elect those who govern us and help decide other issues.  We also have the opportunity to vote on amendments as well.

To me the right to vote is extremely important.  It is something that I am very thankful for since for many, many years, women weren’t allowed a voice in politics.  Then in the 1920s, brave women and men fought for and won the right for women to vote.

Ian went into the voting booth with me and helped me push the button after all of my decisions were made.  So, he said, “we went to vote.”  I will continue to take him with me and teach him the importance of voting.  And as a benefit, this will also help him with Cub Scouts.

I don’t agree with some of my friends and family members on all of the issues or the candidates, but that is okay.  It is just as important for them to vote as it is for me to vote.  I truly hope that people on both sides of the issues and officials will go to the polls and cast their ballots.

One of my favorite classes in school was 9th grade Civics.  This was a United States History class that came to life.  We the students did everything in our textbook — elections, becoming citizens of the U.S., arguing before the Supreme Court, and paying taxes.  The Election Day was fun and exciting.

Here are a few quotes about voting and election day:

  • “If the World Series runs until election day, the networks will run the first one-half inning and project the winner.”  ~ Lindsey Nelson
  • “A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won’t cross the street to vote in a national election.”  ~ Bill Vaughan
  • “It’s not the voting that’s democracy; it’s the counting.”  ~ Tom Stoppard
  • “Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.”  ~ George Jean Nathan
  • “Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.”  ~ Sydney J. Harris
  • “How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?”  ~ Author Unknown
  • “There are always too many Democratic congressmen, too many Republican congressmen, and never enough U.S. congressmen.”  ~ Author Unknown
  • “People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people.  Of course, that is not true.  Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote – a very different thing.”  ~ Walter H. Judd

So long as you have registered, are of voting age, and have ID to prove you are you, you can vote.  It does not matter if you in your early 20s or are 95 years old, or whether you are a man or woman, you can vote.

Voting is also open to people of all races, educational levels, and religions.  And, no matter how much money you earn or have or who you love, you are able to vote.  I  just hope that you do.

Remember to Vote!

Today is November 6, 2012, Election Day.  Have you voted yet?

We as a nation are deciding between two men for President of the United States — the current President Barack Obama or former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney.

Some polls have said it will be a very close race and may take time to determine who is the winner, as in 2000.  And others have said one candidate or the other will win by landslide.

Who knows what will happen? I sure don’t since I am not a mind reader.  Hopefully we will know by the time we go to bed tonight, but only time will tell.

I do know that our chance to have a voice in this is by voting!  I voted during the early voting time frame so I am all set.  I am ready for a long and fascinating evening.

It has been a long 18 months and I am glad that is finally finished.  We listened to a lot of debates and statements during the primary season and now we are to the general election.

I hope and pray that we as a nation can return to respect and consideration of others.  The rudeness and snideness has been hard to listen to from friends and the media.  I prefer for someone to stand up for their candidate without so much cutting down of the other candidate.

This year seems like there will be a record turnout at the polls.  That is great!  I am glad to see so many people interested and voting.  Quite a change from years past.

Here are a few quotes — some funny — about Election Day:

  • “The politicians were talking themselves red, white and blue in the face. ” ~ Clare Boothe Luce
  • “Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.”  ~ Sydney J. Harris
  • “A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won’t cross the street to vote in a national election.”  ~ Bill Vaughan
  • “How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?”  ~ Author Unknown
  • “There are always too many Democratic congressmen, too many Republican congressmen, and never enough U.S. congressmen.”  ~ Author Unknown
  • “Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right?”  ~ Robert Orben

May we choose the right man for the job of President and all of the other offices being voted on today.  Have fun and be sure to vote!  God Bless.

I Voted! How About You?

Early voting started today in Tennessee!  I went and voted!  The deed is done and my ballot has been cast!

Ian came along and watched.  A real-life Civics lesson for him.  We talked about how important it is to vote.  I explained that this is something very special that he will get to do when he is older.

This morning at the polling location where we went, they said that in the first 2 hours they had already had 200 people casting votes.  That is great and way more than the last election.

I am so glad to see people getting out and voting.  It is so important for us to do.

On the ballot were people running for the School Board, City Council, State legislatures, Congress – Senate and House members, and the President and Vice President.  Quite a variety of people to choose from.

A cool thing was that some of the local candidates were there to greet voters and say thank you for coming out to vote.  That was a really nice touch.  I was very impressed and talked to a few of them.

Please be sure to vote between now and November 6, which is Election Day.  May the best candidates win!

A few quotes about voting:

“Every election is determined by the people who show up.” — Larry J. Sabato

“Do the unexpected. Take 20 minutes out of your day, do what young people all over the world are dying to do: vote.” — Rick Mercer

Conventions, Politics, and Voting

Conventions, Politics, and Voting … oh my.

Over the last two weeks I have watched the two parties hold their conventions where they announced their nominee for President.  Some of the items I have agreed with and some I have not, as I am sure others can relate.

First the Republicans had a convention in Tampa and nominated Mitt Romney with Paul Ryan as the Vice Presidential nominee.  Then the Democrats held their convention in Charlotte and nominated President Barack Obama for another term with Vice President Joe Biden.

Both weeks were about saying how great each party was and how bad the other one is.  They also explained the party’s platform and what you needed to know about each candidate.   Both sides tried to put their best foot forward and present themselves as the answer to our issues.  We as voters then have to decide which way to vote.

During the first week, Senator Marco Rubio gave a good speech, the keynote address was given by Governor Chris Christie, and Clint Eastwood was odd but funny.  It helped for Ann Romney to explain about her husband, and it was good to hear Mitt Romney’s vision for America.   Then during the second week, Mayor Julian Castro gave a very moving keynote address, First Lady Michele Obama was very classy and spoke very well, former President Bill Clinton gave a phenomenal speech, and I enjoyed hearing from President Obama.

For me it was important to hear from both sides of the aisle on what is planned for our country.  I don’t agree with all on either side but that works for me.   To some that may seem wishy-washy, but I am not an all-or-nothing person when it comes to politics.

The fact that two such different sides can present their case and their views on television and argue their convictions and beliefs to the entire population is a real gift.   We then can make up our own minds on where we stand and who we feel can lead us forward.

I am honored to live in a country where there is freedom of speech — which has been demonstrated over and over again in recent weeks.  There are many places around the world where this isn’t possible and that is so sad.

It truly is a freedom to believe in whatever manner you want to and speak what you feel led to say.   We just have to remember that ours isn’t the only way to think and believe.  I feel we should value other opinions and understand and respect someone else who may think and believe differently than we do.

To me our chance to vote and cast our ballot, not only for the President but the leaders of Congress (in the House and Senate) and our state leaders, is a true honor and something that I have been doing for many years.  And I don’t take it for granted.

The thing I don’t like and have seen so much of this year is the insults, lies, mistruths, and hatefulness of one side against the other.  What ever happened to agreeing to disagree and respect someone else’s point of view?  Have we gone so far that we can only respect someone with a like mind as our own?  I sure hope not.

For all of our elected officials, I like to think that they will truly try to govern and lead the country while taking into consideration other points of view.  I hope that isn’t being naive on my part.

In the past few weeks, there has been a lot of talk of a Senator who said many of our leaders in Congress were going to do what they could to ensure that Obama wouldn’t serve another term.  This was supposedly done by not being willing to work him on a variety of issues.

I hope and pray that this isn’t what actually happened.  The thought that someone who in good faith was elected to serve his country could just disagree to spite someone else really bothers me and concerns me.   Do we really want someone in office if that is truly their agenda?  I know I don’t.

In addition, the notion that an idea is wrong and shouldn’t be considered just because someone from the other side has presented it is total nonsense to me.   Why?  Can we not even consider another point of view before we dismiss it out of hand?   Whatever happened to a serious debate that at the end of the day could find a resolution or an opportunity for additional debate?

This year to many the main issue seems to be the economy and jobs.  Some have said that is the only issue.  For me there are many issues to consider when electing someone, but I don’t believe it is my place to tell someone else how to think or vote.

I think people have all kinds of reasons for voting a certain way.  And, isn’t it a great thing that we can do that?  I don’t have to agree with someone else or their reasons and they don’t have to agree with me.  But, I think that I should respect the other person and not attack them or say they are stupid or wrong for how they believe.

The notion that either candidate will bring the end of life as we know it is a little over the top to me.  I have heard that from both sides and really don’t like it.  I am much more comfortable with one candidate than the other but I don’t agree with that extremist mentality.  That’s just my opinion.  What about you?

I have some friends and family who are conservative and others who are liberal.  Some who are strong Republicans and others who are strong Democrats.  I think it is interesting to hear from them on their beliefs and convictions.  Sometimes I agree with them and other times I don’t and that’s okay.

Are you going to vote this year? I hope that you will and consider the honor that it is to vote in our country.  I know who I am voting for and why.  How about you?

Here’s to our amazing country!!!