copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org
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In this election year, America has made history. Throughout the country, people are able to vote early. Millions have decided to take advantage of what never was this easy to do, contribute to the greater community. The question is will the once apathetic, those who felt powerless, or the people who were willing to be labeled as lazy participate.
Might any of these individuals be deterred by the rumors. Absentee ballots and tallies transmitted before the official election date will not count. Ballots are altered by machines or perhaps, inept poll workers. Proper attire must be worn or a constituent will be refused a place at the polls. Could citizens consider the lines are long as an excuse to wait or a reason to forfeit the role they may play in the future of this nation. There is much to ponder.
|Perhaps the reason people do not partake is the survey is too long. Initiatives, Judges, Representatives, and the Presidential race; some might say there is just too much to research. However, in America today, wherever a person may go there is talk of tomorrow, a hope for change, fear of what could be, and most importantly a sense that anything is possible. After all, if citizens can choose early, and the hours to vote are more extensive, perchance, for the first time ever, more, if not every eligible American will have a say. Apparently, the novel arrangement known as "early voting" appears to be a triumphant.|
We may not yet know which candidates will win. Nevertheless, it seems the people are a bit more victorious. Countless pound the pavement. The electorate runs, walks, bikes, and drives to the polls in numbers never seen before. People hope to make history, to bring about change, to secure a sense of commitment to country such that America has never known. An expanded opportunity to contribute to the choice of President has an effect on the possible outcome of this election. The chance to speak through a ballot, coupled with what some express as, a greater need to voice personal preferences, the public heads for the poll en masse.
Tittle-tattle, tales of what will go wrong, or has, may be unfounded, or at least far less dire than reported. While problems still exist, purged ballots, misplaced tickets, and other antics are less likely when the time to vote is spread over days, and even weeks. Challenges can be corrected. Dilemmas dealt with. Quandaries quickly resolved. Hence, eligible voters enjoy.
Chat with those in your community while you wait to cast a ballot for your county and for the children who cannot yet legally speak for the concerns that will transform life for them. Take comfort in the knowledge that time will pass and you can be a part of what will be better for the Seventh Generation. Settle in as you sit with your absentee form and do the research. Remember, the young, the old, those soon-to-be born, the ill, the impoverished, even the affluent will be affected by your decision. Be part of the choice this country makes. Feel empowered. Make history. Vote early.
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