The election is happening whether you like it or not, and as American’s we have the ability to vote. Many people argue back and forth about whether our personal votes actually matter, but the fact remains that we have the right to vote. We also enjoy the right not to vote if you choose that path. I, personally, like the idea of voting and think it is an important duty as a citizen. I respect those who don’t vote and have good reasoning to back up their stance. Those who don’t vote out of laziness have no respect. Here is what my experience with voting was like this year.
For the first time I was able to vote in the state that I am registered. In the last major election I had to vote absentee ballot, which was fine, but it doesn’t have the same feeling. For one, I didn’t get the cool sticker that proclaims to the world that I exercised my American right to vote. This is year the sticker was probably way too much of a motivation to go vote. I am wearing it as a badge of honor. The feeling of accomplishment is way too real.
Some of you are probably hoping to find out who I voted for and wanting to comment about why I voted the way I did was wrong, but jokes on you I’m just going to talk about the experience. I live in Virginia, and I learned that our polls open at 6am. I was worried that I was going to have to go in between class and work, and given the circumstances surrounding this years election, I was further worried by the notion of the lines being too long and not making it back for work in time. So, learning that the polls opened at 6am was a relief because I already had to be up early for class. I also learned that I literally live right across the street from my poll station. All I had to do was wake up, walk over, and vote. Luckily, when I arrived the line wasn’t too long, but there was a surprising amount of people. I got all checked in, was handed my ballot (we still use paper ballots which I thought was kind of weird, but then again I don’t know how common electronic ballots are), and walked over to my voting booth.
I consider myself a pretty informed voter. Since I voted in person this year, I wanted to make sure I knew all the items on the ballot. I researched my city’s mayoral candidates, amendments to the state constitution, and city counselors. I started my voting process with all those categories first, because honestly the presidential voting section still made me cringe. Once I finished voting for all the state and local items, I then turned my attention to the president. Now is when you are hoping that I’ll tell you who I voted for. What I will say is that I voted according to my conscience. I think as an American citizen we have the ability to vote for whom we believe would make the best president whether they be a part of a major party or a third party. I voted for the candidate that I felt would make the best president given the options at hand.
The experience of voting in person was totally worth it. I don’t know what the outcome of the election will be, but I enjoyed exercising my right to vote. I also know that no matter what God is still in control. This election will effect our world, but it cannot effect our relationship with the Lord. In the end God is what really matters.
“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”
― Abraham Lincoln