Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Parent and Child
I don't usually post on Wednesday, but promised I would if I had something to say. Well, that time has arrived.
My parents taught much by their example. Every year on election day, we walked to the local elementary school I attended. On the way to the polls, they would discuss the candidates and why they would vote for certain individuals. Dad would tell me when I reached 21 (the voting age at that time) I would be eligible to participate in the voting process.
This ritual continued year after year. It never occurred to me that I wouldn't be a voter. When I turned 21, my parents helped me register. The next time election day rolled around, I exercised my right as a citizen of the United States.
It still shocks me that so many people don't vote. Someone once said to me, "It doesn't matter if I vote or not. It doesn't affect my life." I totally disagree. Elections have been won or lost by a few votes, and winners have the power to pass laws that directly impact our well being.
Whether you are a U.S. citizen or have the right to vote in another country, don't let this opportunity slip away from you.
Writers and Readers: What motivated you to register as a voter? Did the example of your parents influence your decision?
Next week: How I decide who gets my vote.