vote on, my friends

On this day, Americans across this country will visit a school, or a fire station, or a church, with one purpose: to peacefully make their opinions heard. It’s a practice that’s been long-admired in other countries, that ability of an individual to influence his/her government. People across the world have fought, and are still fighting, for that right.

We have it, sitting in front of us.

I’m not a political junkie. I don’t get excited about polls and debates and campaigns. In fact, sometimes I find all of that rather annoying. (Could we please stop spending millions to persuade people and instead put it to good use? I’m just saying…) (more…)

a single vote

This time of year, everyone’s talking politics, campaigns, amendments. There are debates, both on tv and in the office, and more political advertisements than a person could possibly need. All to get your vote. And sometimes it seems like one vote is just a drop in the bucket. Sometimes it is.

But sometimes one vote is the pebble that tips the balance.

It was just an ordinary school election. As Student Body VP, part of my duties included counting the votes for the Freshman President election. There were two people running. It was a simple enough task. Being a good little organized student, I developed a chart so I could keep the votes divided by homeroom before I tallied. (more…)