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Vote! (A non-partisan post)

October 23, 2018

I am quite partisan and have very definite ideas as to whom you should be voting for in the midterms, but that’s not what this is about. This is about encouraging you – whatever your views or demographic – to vote in this election and, in fact, to vote in every election.
Turnout is expected to shatter records this year, but that’s not saying much, because turnout in American elections is nothing short of disgraceful. Let me make this very clear: if you’re not voting, you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. We should make Election Day a holiday and turn it into a celebration where everyone would want to participate.  However, there are too many pols (from one side of the aisle, but I’m being non-partisan here) who don’t want to increase turnout. Quite the contrary. They want to do everything they can to suppress turnout, except among their own supporters.
So, regardless of whether I agree with you or not, please vote. And if you have young children, take them with you to the polls. Let your kids see that voting is a “grown up” thing to do. I did it with my daughter, and she’s voted in every election since she turned 18. (And she told me when she voted in her first election at 18 they gave her a cupcake!) I did it because my mother took me to the polls back into 1960 when she voted for John Kennedy for president. When I told my mother about this, she told me that my grandmother had taken her to vote when she was a kid. So, this is a very good thing to do if you want your children to be active, participating citizens
I could turn this into a partisan statement, but I won’t. Instead, I’m simply urging you to vote. People have fought and died for your right to do so. Honor them by exercising that right.
 

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