In November, I will cast my first vote for the president of the United States, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t totally stoked. Because I am so incredibly excited and feel so, so glad that my voice counts in this country, even if it’s just a little voice.
I don’t care who you vote for as long as you vote. I’ve already chosen (Obama) the candidate (Obama) who I think will do the best for this country (Obama), but the whole point of being American is that we can vote for whoever we want. You could write in your father’s name if you really believed he’d be the best leader. Granted, that might not be the most productive choice, but if you really wanted to, you could. Or you could vote for Romney, who certainly has his strengths. But the most important thing this fall is that you get out and vote.
If you’re from Washington State like me, you can do what I did last summer and register by clicking here and mailing in the form, or you can go to any driver licensing office and register there. If not, your state probably has a similar registration system, and Google is super smart, so it can help you.
If you have time and want to help others register, you can go to Rock the Vote and sign up. Yay!
I know politics can get exhausting. I listen to the news every morning and sometimes it just feels like it’s all too much, and I want to shut it out. But it’s there, and it’s our world, and there’s only so long you can ignore the world before it busts down your door. So start paying attention to current events; become an informed citizen and find out what you believe. Figure out what you need in a leader. The only thing worse than a non-voter is an uninformed voter.
Take advantage of your American right to vote. A lot of people out there would love to have what we have, would love to be able to elect their leader. So get out there and get it done!
On a final note, there’s a lot of debate over which party is “more American” than which, which is just an absurd topic of discussion in the first place. We’re all American, and we don’t have to wrap ourselves in a flag to prove it. America is beautiful because you can be as American as you want, and you don’t have to be any more American than that. But the number one way to be American is to vote. That’s what’s truly patriotic.
I definitely pretended you’re all American to make this post easier. If you’re not, you likely still have the right to vote, so do it, wherever you are!
Monica Medina has invited me and a few other bloggers to participate in PBS’s ‘Race 2012.’ Starting in October, I’ll be blogging a few times about how race in America affects voting, and how my race affects my choices as a voter. As a middle-class white female, I first thought I didn’t have much to contribute to the discussion. But, prompted by some great questions from Monica, I think I’ve got something to say. So stay tuned, and VOTE!
The documentary will be airing October 16 on PBS. For more information, like Race 2012 on Facebook or follow @PBSRace2012 on Twitter. Yay for public television!