One Week to Election Day
One week from today, the twins and I will walk down to our local polling place and cast our vote for Hillary Clinton. The twins have been voting every election since they were three months old. Back then, it was finger to the touch screen, which was a little easier for group participation. This year, we’re each taking a third of that Tic-Tac-sized bubble and filling it in for Hillary. We’ve been practicing. We’re ready. Onward!
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I considered going to an early polling place, but I really love the kids to feel the energy of election day. I like to treat the whole day as a holiday, celebrating voting, making a special meal, and then piling into our bed to watch the voting results roll in.
I don’t want them to treat voting like the act of turning in the ballot is the end point. I want them to see the action through until the results are in, and even then to look ahead as how they can either support or counterbalance their newly elected officials.
I don’t want them to go to the polls and barely register the qualifications of the candidate, just voting down the party line. I don’t want them to walk away from the polling booth assuming their job is done, and they only needs to glance at the newspaper the next day to see who won. And I don’t want them to get frustrated when the results don’t go according to plan. I want them to take a long hard look at what they can do differently next time as well as ways they can make life more enjoyable between turns.
I have invested a lot of energy in having them fully involved in each election, making sure that they understand there are many other elected officials beyond the president, and they need to pay attention to each one.
So we will be at the polling place next week, and I hope you are, too. We’ll be eating homemade pizza for dinner, and staying up late to watch the first female president win the election. We’ll be seeing this damn thing through to the end, and then looking beyond because the work of keeping our local community as well as nation running isn’t just important every two or four years. It’s important every single day. Remember that.