Don't worry; this is not a political post (I promise). These are my thoughts about my voting.
Tomorrow hubby and me are going to go in person to vote in our Arizona primary that official voting day is August 4th. There has been a month of early voting at different locations in addition to mail in ballots.
FOR ME I don't want to do mail in ballots. I like going to vote. I like seeing the process done of checking in, showing my ID, signing my name on the roster, getting my ballot, going to the voting booth, marking my selections, putting the ballot in the ballot box and collecting my "I voted today" sticker. I collect my stickers on my card case putting one on top of the other.
I've voted pretty much every election since I started voting back in 1976 when I was newly 18 years old and Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter were running for president. I voted for Ford. He lost.
I think I missed a few "minor" elections along the way but have voted in every primary and every general election since then. Some of my candidates have won, some have not. Its okay. I still exercise a very important right we have. The right to vote. We need to all exercise that regardless of who we vote for.
I have to step back and be honest here. For some of the local races (most of the local races) I never really followed who were running for them. When I went to vote I would vote random. Pick and miss you might call it. I was not informed on who they were, what they stood for, etc. That was totally wrong on my part .
Hubby keeps up better on political things than I did. I'm learning a lot these days to be more aware. On propositions on the ballot he would research and I would ask him how he would vote and I would vote with what he had decided to do. Again, I was not informed.
November 3rd's election is going to be an important one. I guess I should say every election is an important one.
I've been praying A LOT about it. And one of my prayers for myself and for others is to be an informed voter. Not voting on feelings but on what the candidates propose in their platforms (that hopefully they will try to accomplish).
So knowing what my prayer was that I've been praying, I had to of course "walk the walk" and with this primary (which we are only voting on perhaps 10 positions) we did the research of who is running. Some only had one person running, but the ones that had more than one running we looked into the candidates, saw what they stood for, what they wanted to try to do and talked about who we thought were the candidates that best represented what we hoped to have accomplished.
Honestly (again) I had to ask my husband what a county recorder does (something we are voting for) and why we needed a county recorder. I found out here in Maricopa County where we live the county recorder is in charge of elections, making sure they are fair, etc . Learned something new. Looked at the candidates, made our decisions.
This is "just" the primary election and we'll have to see who will be running against each other come November. But my plan is the same. Vote informed FOR ME.
I ask that you do the same. Study and pray (if you do) for who you want to vote for. Try not to vote on feeling. Vote for who YOU think will be the best candidate for what you want to see happen.
The most important thing is get out and vote. Whether you vote in person or by mail JUST VOTE :)