The year I turned 18, I had missed the 2008 presidential election by 7 months. To say I was disappointed was an understatement. As a kid, my parents would always take my brother and I to the polls with them. One of us would go with my mom and the other with my dad. When I was finally tall enough, they would even let me push the puncher to mark who they were voting for. It was the coolest feeling being inside the little booth with a curtain hiding you. I felt so important “helping” my parents vote, really feeling like I was doing something special. Once we were done, I would get my little “I Voted!” sticker and wear it all day at school. Only the cool kids got the “I Voted!” stickers you know.
Voting is extremely important for the young and hip. In a few short years, all of the 20-somethings are going to be the ones running the show and if we don’t pay any attention now, what are we going to do when we’re the one’s having to make the big decisions? So if you didn’t request an absentee ballot, you better be going to the polls on Tuesday. I don’t care if you live in a state that has probably already predetermined which presidential candidate is going to get the electoral college votes, there are plenty of other things to vote on like the propositions, senators and local issues in addition to choosing our future Commander in Chief.
I will be glued to the television on Tuesday night keeping up with the polls as the results slowly pour in. My senior year of high school, my AP Government class all had maps of the country and a few days before, we wrote in which candidate we thought would win each state. I think I might just do that again this year since I had so much fun trying to analyze the minds of voters across the country.
I don’t care who you vote for, just that you vote. We don’t need a bunch of lazy asses running around this country not taking advantage of our freedoms, we need people who actually give a shit about what’s going on. SO GO VOTE.