Hello! Today is already filled with so much nervousness, and I don’t remember the last election that I felt this way. If you haven’t voted yet, and aren’t sure if you want to I’d like to recommend that you do.
The 2008 election was the first one I was old enough to vote in and I hadn’t planned on voting at all. I had a really difficult home life and I was very poor, so survival was my top priority and I didn’t think that any politician was going to do anything to help me. But a dear friend of mine spent a lot of time talking with me about the issues, about the platforms and campaigns, about the importance of voting, and helped me register.
I got really invested in what was happening in the months leading up to the election. I paid attention for the first time, and felt like my voice actually mattered. I helped other people register and I voted for the first time.
This year I did what that friend did for me and helped some others close to me understand that their voices mattered. I helped a few people register and they voted for the first time.
Voting is your right, and you should cherish that. Your voice really does matter.
I’d go into tonight with the notion that we will not know the answers right away. Most elections are not decided on election day. But we can do our best to stay calm, though I know it’s pretty difficult right now.
Be safe. Stay hydrated. Do not wear partisan clothing to the polls. STAY IN LINE. Do not let anyone turn you away.
More election protection tips here.
Vote! Vote! Vote!