Tuesday, November 4, 2008
It's Voting Day!!
Today is THE DAY. Voting day.
Personally, I absentee ballot. It gives me time to go over every Amendment, Judges, and other races on the ballot. Plus, I don't have to race to the polls when I get off work. For years, it has made me crazy that I didn't get an "I Voted" sticker. But, this year they sent me a sticker with my absentee ballot that says, "I Voted By Mail." Sweet!
As far as the presidential race, I have been phone calling for my pick for about 2 months. I feel so strongly that we must be part of the process. During college I got to go to DC and join the National Press Corps. Mostly, I got to see how everyday people can make a difference. Voting is first. Then, communicating with those who represent you frequently can, in fact, make a difference. I email our representatives at the state & national levels a couple times a month. I tell them how I want them to vote on upcoming legislation. After the vote, I email to tell them if I agreed with their vote and why.
Our house is divided, however. RM, is for the other guy. We kind of have a battle of wills going on. My sign went out on the left side of the yard and his went out on the right. Then, after about 2 days, we took them down. A house divided, politically, anyway.
The thing I am most proud of is that THE Princess knows who Barack & Michelle Obama are. She knows who John and Cindy McCain are. She knows that Barack and John want to be the President and Michelle and Cindy want to be the First Lady. The one she likes the best changes daily, however. Last night it was Barack Obama. When I asked why she said, "Because I love him." The day before it was John McCain because, "He makes good choices." Some days it's because she likes their name or their wife is nice or that they have kids like her. Since we don't watch much TV, most of her exposure to these guys is through our household discussions and TIME magazine (both have been on the cover frequently).
Plus, as a highlight, Starbucks is giving away a free coffee to anyone who votes today. So, instead of heading to the polls after work, I'm going to Starbucks!!! YEA!!!