Vote Early: You’ll Need the Time!

October 26, 2010

I voted

I started voting last night, but didn’t finish until tonight! I’ve never seen a ballot so large.

Voter turnout is usually lower in midterm elections. (For my readers outside the USA: This means an election when we’re not voting for the President.) Because of this, each vote carries more weight. This is your chance to let your voice be heard regarding important decisions in your country, your state, your county, your school district, and your city.

I don’t know about your ballot, but I had 39 choices to make, so it took me a good chunk of time. Even if you are not voting by mail, do yourself a favor: Set aside the next few nights to study your choices. I always turn to the League of Women Voters site as my starting point. Enter your address, and you’ll see all your choices, along with helpful information so you can make informed choices.

Do your homework, and take your notes with you to your polling station. You’ll have a much better time, and your vote will be a better reflection of you. No, we don’t get everything we want. But the strength of our republic depends on our participation. A good election needs your voice.

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.