Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Get Your Vote On (Of course your vote counts!)
I cannot count the number of times I have heard this voting season, "Why should I vote? My vote doesn't count anyway!" Of course your vote counts, it just counts in a way that's a little more complicated than it might seem at face value (the popular vote), but it's still a solid vote that counts. Each state (and the District of Columbia) tallies the vote count of their qualified registered voters who have filled out a ballot (that means you, and your vote!). For each senator and member of the House of Representatives that they have in the U.S. Congress, the state receives an electoral vote. Though the electors may choose to vote in opposition to the popular vote of their state, it rarely happens. The electors are also elected and they have taken an oath to serve their people ('their people' meaning the people of their state). When it comes to important issues such as a national election, casting their vote in a manner that is personally unbiased is critical, and they know that, and the majority of the time, adhere to it. What that means in a nutshell, is that your vote counts... a lot. So go vote!
I 'got my vote on' this morning. I was supposed to wait for hubby and go with him when he gets off of work tonight, but I was too excited to wait and went on my own (I'll watch our little one while he's in line tonight, then I'll treat hubby to dinner or something afterwards). The church we normally vote at was no longer accepting voters...'call the number on the front door,' I was told...which I did. And I got my new location...right next to my son's school that I'd just left, lol.
After reaching my voting destination I walked in to a huge line of people (Hurray! The more the merrier!), and settled in to wait. So many people in the line were chit-chatting and joking and welcoming the newcomers in with cheesy lines like, "you're late!" or "You missed role call, tardy for you!" and inevitably everyone laughed. Hey, whatever breaks up the monotony of a long line, right? Every time there's a community event you see the same folks coming out, and the same happy atmosphere abounding.
My community is pretty small, but it's also full of good-hearted, good-natured folks, and I'm happy to be a part of it. Today I was also proud to be a part of a community that had so many people eager to vote.
How about you, you going to go get your vote on today? I personally hope (if you haven't already) that you opt to do so. It's your fundamental right as an American (which is huge in itself), and you can rest assured (if you weren't sure before) that your vote does count. It really, really does.