In case you’ve been living under a rock, it’s Election Day.
Maybe you took advantage of early voting, as I did. Perhaps you are taking your chances on the day itself. But whatever the situation, please do vote.
Some excuses I can’t stand:
My vote doesn’t make a difference. It does. Maybe you don’t live in a battleground state. Your popular vote still matters. And there should be some pride in voting your heart even if it isn’t mainstream in your district.
I don’t have time. This year, there was a plethora of early voting opportunities. Make voting a priority. Imagine living in a country where you didn’t have the right to vote. Wouldn’t you give anything for the chance to exercise your civic duty? Don’t take it for granted.
I don’t know how to vote. Spend the time in line familiarizing yourself with ballot initiatives and/or candidates you don’t have an opinion on. It’s important. It’s your country, state, county, city. Take pride in being part of the process that determines its governing.
The bottom line is that voting is sexy. So go out and do it, whoever your candidates may be.
The lines are long. The line waiters are patient and determined.
It’s beautiful to be part of this display of patriotism. But if you are going to squeeze in early voting before Election Day, I have some advice.
1. Bring a book. (I was so happy to discover I had my kindle in my purse.)
2. Charge your phone. (I was on low battery an hour before I hit the last stretch of hallway.)
3. Go with a friend.
4. Wear comfortable shoes.
5. Dress warm if you live in a cooler climate. I had a sweater, coat, gloves, two scarves and was still cold.
6. Bring a snack and water. Seriously.
7. Take this time to review any ballot initiatives you aren’t well-versed on.
8. Talk to those people waiting around you. It really does pass the time faster and I even saw some folks holding places in line for those who wanted to run to the restroom.
9. If you can, leave the kids at home.
10. Revel in the fact that so many Americans are exercising their civic duty.
I don’t know if 2012 will see record voter turnout, but I do know I have never waited in line for more than 45 minutes to vote on Election Day proper. And at the end of the process, the more people who come to the polls, the better we are as a nation. I just hope the rest of those who intend to vote don’t show up at the polls at the same time you do.