Go Vote!

I have had a crazy day in a crazy way. I am loving meeting new people and having a lot of fun as an election judge. The entire process of ensuring a fair vote is mind boggling. I now have a new appreciation and a whole lot of respect for the people who put this all together. There are so many safety measures in place, unlike in the old days, you can rest assured your vote will be counted – correctly.
To think of the women before us who were beaten and jailed because they advocated for the right to vote. To think of the people who yet today, become targets when they walk away from a polling station with a purple thumb. Democracy is not an easy right to win or to keep and apathy about voting is simply not acceptable. Sure we get frustrated with our government, but we have to remember what we would have without it. It isn’t a pretty picture.
We all love to complain, so go vote. If you don’t vote, you don’t get to complain. It is nothing but a cop-out to say your one little vote won’t matter. It does. It’s also a cop-out to say you aren’t well enough informed to vote wisely – so you shouldn’t vote at all. I’ve heard both in the last two days. Come on. You can read the blue book while you get your pedicure. There are web-sites and all kinds of organizations who put out good, unbiased information on the issues. As for the candidates, look at where they get their campaign money and you know where their bias is going to be. Unfortunately, until we get campaign reform, that’s how it will be.
Voting is a small way to honor the duty and sacrifices of our military. Make those hero’s lives count!

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature and fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's, two topics that are very difficult to manage in real life. Barbara volunteers doing school programs and speaking to support groups. National Parks, hiking, and snow-shoeing are in her list of favorite hobbies.
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