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.