Today Cricket got a civics lesson. Like a 100-level, freshman year civics lesson. She went with me to early voting to cast my vote for the primaries (cue the excited crowd track). Voting is possibly the most basic way to participate in the political arena in our country. Tomorrow is the final day for early voting in Illinois for the Primary Elections, and I am not feeling like I want to deal with the lines on the 15th.
When I was in my 20’s I was much more politically outspoken than I am today. I think the back-to-back Bush (the second) administrations sucked the excitement out of my political activity. But I do exercise my right to vote. I think too many men and women have fought hard for our right to vote and all Americans should participate in this part of the political process. Does anyone else remember the MTV campaign “Rock the Vote”? Voting was cool – that’s what I’m talkin’ about.
Back in my 20’s I was left-of-center, and I voted with the Democratic Party because I didn’t have the conviction that the Green Party was a viable third party. These days I think I am more moderate, and really just want to enjoy some quality American life while not imposing ourselves on too many other nations. I want alternative energy to continue to become more accessible, but I also want cheap gas at the pump. I want a safe internet, but I don’t want the government to know my surfing habits. Obviously, I am all over the place.
So this is not meant to be propaganda. It’s more of a call-to-arms, particularly to my fellow Illinois residents. You have until tomorrow to vote early. Today there were no lines, and the machines were easy to use. It is quick. And if you decide to wait until the 15th, that’s fine too. But get out and vote.
Unfortunately, I don’t think my party is “best”, or that my candidate is “right”. I feel like I voted for the devil I know – that’s supposed to be better, right? I’m trying to rally my own political energy and believe in the system again. I have two little girls who need to learn how to maneuver in American Politics. So please join the process, help me find that motivation.
And get out and vote.
Honestly, I don’t even care which candidate people support. The turnout for the 2012 presidential election was 57% of the eligible population. Worse yet at 36.4 % for the 2014 midterm elections. Paltry. I’m growing tired of relying on our elected officials, especially with this elections offerings. So I am trying to take a more proactive approach and figure out what I can do to improve the situation. More acting and less complaining!
The first thing I came up with: get out and vote. Now go!