I’ve never been a very political person. I don’t get into the arguing and slamming the other parties that many seem to enjoy so much. When election time comes up I tend to just go with my gut feeling. I hate to admit that I don’t research the parties or those running for office and I usually don’t even recognize some of the names on the ballot. I don’t really call myself a Democrat or a Republican. I tend to lean more on the Democratic side, mostly because my parents always did when I was growing up so I identify more with the Democratic ideologies. My husband is very strongly Republican, so we don’t discuss politics much around our house.
I voted for only the second time in my life this morning. I’ve legally been able to vote for 10 years now but I have not exercised that right. I’m not sure why really. I just wasn’t ever that interested. My husband convinced me to vote for the last presidential election. I didn’t feel like it really did any good because, well, look who’s in office. My voice certainly wasn’t heard on that one. I laugh at those people that say every vote counts. Ha! I have my own opinions about our system for electing the president and how the votes are actually tallied.
Putting all of that aside, I did vote this morning. In Missouri, there were issues on the ballot that I felt it was necessary to vote for. The biggest and most controversial issue (in my opinion) was for regulating stem cell research. There was also a vote on raising the minimum wage and an additional tax on tobacco. These are the issues that brought me out to the polls. There were a couple of elected officials that I felt strongly about, but I mainly wanted to get my vote in on the three issues I mentioned. I am proud of myself for getting out there and contributing my opinion. Of course I’ll be disappointed if the vote goes the other way, but at least I tried.
If you haven’t voted, get out there and do it. It made me feel good. Hopefully it will do the same for you.