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
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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.