YOUR VOTE COUNTS
Today is Election Day in America. Who will our next president be? Clinton or Trump? Whoever your choice may be, it’s important that you get out and vote!
Growing up, I remember Election Day as pure contention in my family. Mom was certain Dad cancelled her vote because they argued all the time about who was the better candidate. She was a Republican; he was a Democrat.
One election day my mother and our neighbor decided they didn’t want to vote for a particular candidate, an elected official in our small town. How could they go about eliminating his name from the ballot? They discussed it while they walked to the fire house set up with the voting machines. The candidate they didn’t want to reelect was there, working as one of the helpers.
Mom and the neighbor each took a voting booth, closed their curtains, and tried to figure out what to do. Still confused, they continued to discuss it through the curtains. A definite no-no. Someone outside their booths asked, “Do you ladies need help?” They recognized the man’s voice. Both said no and pulled the lever without making any changes. They walked home annoyed that they had both given that candidate their vote.
My first opportunity to vote came when Kennedy and Nixon were campaigning for the Presidency. I listened to every debate and devoted all my energy to picking the right candidate. The election (which is always on the second Tuesday of November) was on November 8th. Because my 21st birthday was on the 6th (back in the days when you had to be 21 not 18), I had to attend a special voter’s registration the day before the election, and that meant missing several days of college classes. Only one teacher gave me any flack, and I informed him (quite forcefully) it was a Federal offence to prevent me in any way from voting.
This year is identical to 1960. The second Tuesday is again on the 8th. And there the similarities pretty much end.
Do you have any voting stories you’d like to share?