Today is Primary Day here in Florida. So, bright and early this morning (okay, not so bright but definitely early) I pulled my car into a spot at the polling place in my precinct. I was one of the first few to arrive on my way to work.
I saw a few really early people exiting the polls. When I went in, I saw the long table with the signs directing people into the proper line by first letter of last name. So I stepped up to the lady behind the sign bearing the letters L-M.
Once I gave her my name and signed the register, I was given a numbered ballot. I moved over to the individual booths, marked my ballot, and fed it into the ballot reading machine. There! I’d cast my vote. How easy it was. And painless.
I can’t get over why some folks won’t vote. I hear this a lot from women. They make excuses like, “I don’t know who to vote for” (if you haven’t listened to the radio or watched the gazillion ads on TV, not to mention the debates then you must live in Siberia); “The polls are out of my way” (so is the dry cleaners but at least they don’t have a long-term impact on your life); “my candidate always loses” (probably because thousands of people make an excuse not to vote).
We need only to take a look at history – women’s suffrage to be exact – to see the lengths that women had to go to in order to be able to cast a vote. Furthermore, count the number of lives that have been sacrificed so that YOU could have the opportunity to vote!
Whether you are involved in a primary election, a state election, or a national election – choose to exercise your freedom to vote! Once you do, you’ll see how good it makes you feel.