Today, friends, I am thankful for my privilege to vote.
I am so blessed to have been born in the United States of America where I, as a woman, am equal to any man in my ability to affect governmental change. I am not hidden from public view like in some countries, I am encouraged to vote, or when old enough, encouraged to run for office.
Last year was my first presidential election, and this year I voted in my first local and gubernatorial election.
Although I was old enough to vote for the last 8 years (yes, I realize I am dating myself here), I had never been very interested in politics. I hadn’t thought my vote truly mattered, so what was the point in visiting a polling site just to hit a few buttons? Since being married to a man more politically passionate than myself, living in an area where it is “vogue” to be well-informed, and listening to more talk radio than my previous self would have thought appropriate, I have become more convinced that it is quite a privilege to be able to vote. And also a duty of mine.
So today I gladly cast my ballot for several local officials, including governor. It felt wonderful knowing the names and policies of each candidate, and to be confident in my choices.