This week early voting began in my hometown. As I have in previous years, for local, state and national elections, I took advantage of the opportunity to cast my ballot in this presidential race.
When I arrived, there were two people at individual booths filling in their ballots, and two people ahead of me waiting to sign in. It took about five minutes until my turn. The wait was longer than it took me to fill in the ovals beside the names of my candidates on my piece of paper.
I turned in my ballot, got my sticker that showed the world I fulfilled my patriotic duty, then I went to the store and picked up milk and orange juice. My day was complete, and all before noon.
This election has left me unsettled. In past years, I may not have supported certain candidates, but I never truly worried about what would happen if my choice lost the election. This year… not gonna lie… I’ve lost sleep over this one.
Having cast my vote, I can’t do much more than wait until November 8 and watch with the rest of the world as the results are counted.
By my estimation, there are only seven states where voter registration is still open – Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Washington and Vermont. If you reside in any of those states, and have not registered, please do and vote. If you are already registered, don’t waste that privilege, that right. Make your voice heard.
This year, more than any other in recent history, every vote will matter.
This week’s word is:
“It is dangerous for a national candidate to say things that people might remember.” ~ Eugene McCarthy
What to do:
Using “voice” for inspiration, write 100 Words – 100 exactly – no more, no less. You can either use the word – or any form of the word – as one of your 100, or it can be implied. Include a link in your post back here, and add your story to the Mister Linky list. If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your submission in the comment section, or as a Facebook status post. Remember to keep spreading the love with supportive comments for your fellow Wordsters.