The time is here again, for us in the United States, to go to the polls and elect Governors, Senators, Representatives to work for us in Washington D. C. and even such things as school board members and sheriffs.
A good number of those of us who are eligible to do so more than likely will not vote and that is one of the freedoms that we have, the one to choose to not vote for those who represent us to the government.
For those of us who do vote, this has been a long and sometimes mean-spirited series of campaigns. The airwaves are filled with advertisements and commercials telling us who and what to vote for and who and what not to vote for. Radio shows and News broadcasts highlight interviews with various candidates for office. Mailboxes are filled with pamphlets from candidates and lobbyists supporting various propositions. It can all get very confusing, especially when people begin to press others to vote for or against certain candidates or propositions.
I will not tell anyone how to vote, but I do have what I think is clear-headed advice: Look carefully at the material sent to voters concerning the propositions being voted on and the people running for office. Ask yourself and other voting family members if the state you live in is better off under it’s current administration than before or worse. Choose your votes carefully. Do not allow party rhetoric or lines to sway what or who you vote for. Be sure to vote for candidates and propositions that you believe in, even if your family and friends will not approve. Voting is secret in this nation for a reason and should remain so, at times even among friends and family.
Be proud that you voted. It is a privilege to be able to do so and one that we must not lose. This may not be a year with a presidential election, but perhaps that actually gives it more importance than those with a presidential election, because these midterm elections work to keep our nation on course and show those in our government what our thoughts are on their performance. To vote is a very good thing.