My post today has nothing to do with telling you who is right, who is wrong, or why you should vote for "Joe Shmoe" in your local city. My post is to remind everyone what a privilege and honor it is to have legal voting rights, regardless of gender and ethnicity.
Now yes, I am sure someone can put holes all over my opinion here by saying that not everyone gets to vote (those under 18, convicted felons, non-legal residents, etc), but wholistically speaking, we all get to vote based upon our choice and not something someone else is telling us to do, the democratic way.
There are still countries where not everyone has the opportunity to vote, and that is something we should remember. It really bothers me to hear people talk about never going to vote because it doesn't matter or is too much of a hassle. Yes, it is your right to decline the opportunity to cast your vote, but think about what has happened in history to get us that right.
There have been wars fought, there have been riots and pickets and all sorts of things that have occurred just here in the USA to allow citizens other than white males the right to vote. Now, men and women, of all ethnicities are welcome to vote as long as they meet a few requirements. There are still other countries that have not come to the same freedom for all to vote (if they even have a government that uses votes)
I'm going to step out on a limb here and make a traditional "stepford wives" comparison to voting. The original Stepford view on voting was that a woman would vote for whom ever her husband told her to. We have come many years from the original "Stepford" times. As Stepford Sisters, I am going to say that we do think independently and will vote based upon our informed opinions and thoughts!
Here is a link to a traditional Stepford Wives view on Voting: Wives Vote for Who Husband Tells Her To
My end point: Regardless of your party association or governmental views- If you are able, and have an opinion about the next election (local or national), exercise your freedom and right to vote. If you have not yet registered to vote, today is the last day to do so. It only takes a minute to register online!
Your vote does matter and count!