Today is the primary election–the preliminary for the Presidential elections in November.
I just got back from voting. Here’s how it went: I looked up online where I was supposed to vote. Because it seemed quite far for me to go, I checked with a second website; it said the same thing. So, I got up early and drove 45 minutes to the building where it indicated I was to vote.
When I got inside I was asked, “Republican or Democrat?” I asked “you mean I have to choose?” and was told that yes, there were two different polling locations depending on whether you were voting Republican or Democrat. I was incensed.
Okay, I just turned 50 years old, so I’ve been voting for 32 years. This is the first time I was ever told to choose. Ladies and Gentlemen, when I first started voting there were only 3 parties available–Republican, Democrat and Libertarian. I registered as a Libertarian because I wanted the freedom to vote for whom I deemed the best person for the job regardless of his/her party affiliation. That freedom was taken away from me today. It was taken away from you too.
I made my choice and was told to go to a church on a certain street. This location was 5 minutes from my home! I wasted 1.5 hours and a quarter of a tank of gas because the information I sought online last night was faulty.
Despite these challenges and frustrations, I did vote. You need to, also. It’s not just your right, it’s your responsibility.