Tomorrow is election day. Some of you may have already voted via absentee ballot or early voting. Others may be waiting until tomorrow. Some of you may not be voting at all.
This disappoints me. When you look at things going around the world, there are so many people who would die (and have died) for the opportunity and the right to vote in a free and fair election – without worrying about being tortured or killed for their political beliefs. Just look at the Arab Spring.
In our history as a country, women and minorities fought tooth and nail for the right to cast their ballots and have their voices be heard. We should honor the great freedom and the sweat, blood and tears that went into having this great right.
So what if you are totally over the drama and the negativity of the presidential election. I actually think that the presidential candidate is one of the least important elements of the ballots. Local and state politics are what count. These are the people who are deciding how to fund schools, maintain infrastructure, preserve the local environment and help grow businesses. The amendments on the state ballots can have a profound impact on the way your state taxes increase or decrease, what goes into your food and who gets what rights. Why pass that up? Because you are turned off by Fox News or CNN or MSNBC? Do your own independent research.
To use the often overused quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Start by educating yourself and casting your vote for the politicians you believe best represent your views and will help keep our country strong for years to come.