When I turned 18, one of the first orders of business was to register to vote.
I was much more into politics in high school than I am now, however that doesn’t mean I’m uninformed. I pay attention so that I’m not just touching squares on a screen on election day.
I feel very strongly about voting, as much as an inconvenience as it can cause or as rude as some poll workers can be, doing it is important. I’m not going to tell you who to vote for, who I’m voting for or entertain any political debates.
I was working as a lifeguard at a YMCA on the first election when I could vote. I stopped at my polling place and voted on my way into work. I saved my “I Voted Today” sticker and put it on my shirt so that I could wear it on my shift and display that I had exercised my right to say who I wanted in office and what issues I supported. Unfortunately, not many of my peers were as excited to exercise this right.
As I get older, more of my friends vote in each election.
Are you registered to vote? If not, there is still time.
(I wrote this before I realized that today is National Voter Registration Day)
Whenever someone around me starts complaining about our government I always ask them if they voted. If they say no (which is way too often) I tell them they lost the right to complain when they didn’t take part in the solution. Yes, I vote.
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