Thursday, November 02, 2006

Voting is Amazing!

How do I know voting is amazing when I'm not yet old enough to officially cast a ballot?
I know, because I was permitted to cast an official ballot this evening. Of course, my dad had to fill out the necessary paper-work since he is registered. However, when it came to cast the ballot, I was the one voting. I also learned a few things in the 10 minutes I was at the polls.

1. In my state, evidently, ID isn't necessary to cast a ballot.
don't appreciate this aspect of voting for a very good reason, anyone – illegals, terrorists, convicts, you name it - can vote. Last I checked, the right to vote was only supposed to apply to American citizens.

2. Poll workers have no idea how to judge ages.
They are very friendly, however, both times I went with my dad to the polls they asked me if I was voting. I wish I was, unfortunately, I have to wait 5 more years until there is an election I can vote in.

3. In the “write ins” you can write in anyone!
When I came to the judicial part of the ballot, it was mostly incumbent races. In that part of the ballot there was another box as well, labeled “write ins”. This is where I began to have the most fun. I voted for:
Travis Henry, Tim Sweetman, Alex King, Jake Smith, Lee C., Matt A., Michael D., Stephen H., and David Ketter.

(As a side note: I have really enjoyed working with these guys, they've been a great encouragement and great brothers in Christ. I encourage you to check out their blogs!)

I don't plan on missing any elections, and if you're old enough to vote, and registered, I urge you to go out and vote in this year's midterms! We're at a time when we can not afford to be apathetic, what happens in these elections will affect us for the coming years.

Edmund Burke was right when he stated “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”. Don't let evil triumph!


Kristin Braun said...

Excellent post. You're right, we can't afford to be apathetic at this time in history!

When I was younger, my parents would take my siblings and I when they voted. They took the time to show us how everything was done and the workers were impressed to see future voters come and learn. This makes it much more fun.

I have always looked forward to voting and don't plan on not at any time either. Unfortunately, I am just shy of my 18th birthday and won't be able to vote until 2008. Yes, I'm disappointed, but this hasn't stopped me from helping out the candidates as much as I can.

Detective J said...

Too young to vote, but for all those who can your vote will make a difference!

Detective J

Dakota said...

I voted. For real.

I voted early since I am an election judge this a different precient. But it was very interesting and almost fun. I should of done some write in canidates....then it would of been fun. And yes, I had to show my ID. ;-)

Stefan said...

I voted for the first time last year. It was a great experiance. My parents always took me with them when they voted. To be honest, I was more excited about voting than about driving! Thanks for your vote KP!

Jonathan M said...

Yes I was priviledged to vote this year as well.