Vote. It’s not too late. Take time this weekend to really research the candidates and make informed decisions. How do you want your country to treat people? Your vote determines how we as a nation act.
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My Quest to Vote
“May I help you?” the lady at the County Recorder’s Office asked me. The large room had several people working at desks, but no other customers.
“Yes, I’d like to vote early,” I told her.
“Anita Strawn de Ojeda.”
“Do you have your ID?”
I slipped my driver’s license from my wallet and pushed it under the plexiglass screen. With a mask on, I hoped she could match my face to my photo.
“Have a seat over there, and we’ll be right with you.”
Ten minutes passed. No one else had come in, so I wondered why a simple thing like handing me a ballot would take so long. Finally, a different lady came and sat down next to me.
“Can you tell me your address again?” she asked. “I can’t seem to find you in our system.”
I told her and waited another ten minutes until she returned.
“Evidently the post office returned your ballot to us as undeliverable. That flags you as deactivated in our system. Have you moved recently?”
“No, I’ve lived in the same place for over eight years,” I told her. “Even stranger, my husband got his ballot.”
“You aren’t the first person to come in with this problem,” she assured me. “We’ll have you ready to vote in a few minutes. As she walked away, she muttered loudly, “The Post Office sure is making our life difficult this year.”
Vote, Even if it isn’t Easy
For too many years we have allowed others to decide who to elect. Fewer than 60% of eligible voters participating in our last presidential election. We have no excuse to not vote. It doesn’t matter what your political leaning, just do it. Exercise your right to vote—otherwise, we become a country that passively allows other people to make decisions for us.
You still have time to carefully investigate candidates before you cast your ballot—whether in-person or through the mail. Although by this time, you may need to personally drop your ballot off at a sanctioned dropbox.
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