I called my 87 year old mother this evening and the first thing she asked was, “Did you vote?”
Voting for me started long before I turned 18. I was four years old when my parents took me to the polls and explained what they were doing and why. It seemed important to them, so it became important to me.
When I moved from California to Upstate New York, my maternal grandmother made me to accompany her to the polls. I have to admit. I was impressed that “the old lady” walked several blocks to her polling place even when there was snow on the ground.
Auntie, mom’s sister, worked at the polls for years. Earlier today, I watched as my Newsfeed on Facebook filled up with posts from siblings, cousins and friends with selfies of them returning from the polls with their 'I voted" sticker. I am surrounded by men and women who take voting seriously.
It doesn’t matter to me whether you’re Republican, Independent, Democrat, Green, or something else (is there anything else?). I hope you voted your conscious today. If you did, I believe we’ll be better off in the long run.