Tuesday, November 6, 2012


If you haven't already, please go vote today. Although I almost never write about politics on this blog, it is a subject I feel passionately about. Women have been able to vote in this country for less than 100 years. All over the world, people are fighting for the right to vote, risking both jail and violence to do so. Don't squander your right.

I'm taking the baby with me to vote this afternoon, partially because I don't have childcare, but mostly because it's never too early for me to start indoctrinating him. The great thing about living in a swing state is that I feel like my vote really matters. The not so great thing is, of course, all the political ads. I can't wait for those to be over.

Chuk voted on Friday because he is working as an election official today. Do you realize the election officials make less than minimum wage and probably took a day off work to help keep our republic running smoothly? Please be nice to them. It's a long day at the polls for them. Chuk has to be there at 4:45 am and they told him he'd likely be there until after 8:00 pm.

If you live in the DC area, and still haven't figured out who you're voting for, this voter guide is very helpful. Unfortunately, I didn't discover it until I had already spent three hours Saturday night researching school board and city council candidates. Argh. I may love politics, but it turns out I don't love reading local election debate transcripts.


  1. I love this. I love that its not a political post, either. Voting is important, and even thought I want my candidate to win, I want people to vote more! And kudos to you for researching all those candidates. I did for some, but abstained in a lot of local races because I just didn't have the internet access when I was voting absentee.

  2. I vote exactly for the reasons you stated in the first paragraph. However, I don't have much faith in our government, I have to say. Most of the good that I see accomplished happens at a micro level, in small organizations and churches and neighbors, trying to do the right thing. As a Mennonite, I have a very uneasy relationship with the government anyway, but I honor people without rights by voting.


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