Since I turned 18, I have rarely missed an opportunity to vote. I vote in just about every election, whether it’s city, state, or national. Traditionally, Kevin and I race each other to the polls on voting day (for those of you who don’t know, we have opposing political views, which tends to keep things in our house interesting, and it’s also the reason we rarely discuss politics together). This Tuesday is the Florida primary, so we went ahead and decided to go vote today. I LOVE to vote. I really honestly think it’s the thing that makes this country great.
I will never understand why some people can’t be bothered to get to the polls. Sure, I was raised in a vote-crazy family, so maybe that has something to do with my zeal. But really? If you’ve never voted, now’s the time to start. We’ve been following this year’s election since coverage began last Spring. We’ve rarely missed a debate, and we’ve done our research on just about every issue. Sure, Kevin and I vote entirely differently, but we both take the time to make sure we make the most informed decision possible. And we really enjoy exercising our right to have our voices count.
It’s easy to be cynical of the process. It’s easy to find fault in the system. But at the end of the day, I like knowing that if my guy (or girl) doesn’t end up winning, I have the right to complain. Because at least I got out there and cast my vote.
If you’re not registered to vote, do it now. If you don’t know who to vote for, check this out. Or this. Also, CNN has a really easy to follow recap here. Also, if you’re not really sure how the process works (and really, just what IS a superdelegate? What’s the difference between a caucus and a primary?), this is a really helpful breakdown. Now I don’t have to feel bad that I zoned out during Government class.
I’m really not trying to be preachy, but it feels good to know that I am lucky enough to live in a country where I have a voice. Get out there when it’s your turn. Fill in the oval, punch the candidate’s name, or if you’re lucky, use the touch-screen voting machines. Just go vote.