Today is Election Day in the United States. Sadly, because it is a “midterm election,” many people do not take the time to vote because they don’t think it really matters. They only show up to elect a president and then leave the rest of the elections to others.
But here is the thing. Every vote in every election matters. If it didn’t, people would not have died to give women and African-Americans the right to vote. Even if our desired candidate doesn’t win, those votes get the attention of the people who do win and will impact how the winners represent their constituency.
The Mister is flying home today after spending the past week checking in on his elderly parents. His flight arrives well past the end of polling. However, it was important to him to have his voice heard and he was able to cast his ballot before he left through the early voting process.
If you are a United States citizen, take to heart the words of the advertisement above, from 1956: Voting is a right and privilege. It is our responsibility. And being an informed and intelligent voter is a duty.