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I Voted

November 4th, 2008 . by 21st Century Dad

Disclosure: I am registered as an Independent and I do not officially endorse any particular candidates or advocate for any issues.

Photo: Renee Holiday

People turned out in record numbers to vote early. There were reports of people waiting in line for 4 or more hours. For the last Presidential election, I chose to vote early and wait in line. This time, I requested an absentee ballot and cast my vote in the comfort of my own home. Having my computer beside me allowed me to make even more informed decisions as I filled out the ballot.

The first time I ever voted, I did so out of a sense of obligation. Now I do it because it really does make a difference. Now that I have children to care for, voting becomes even more important to me.

You may feel like your single vote won’t sway the results, but it’s you and like-minded people turning out who make a difference. At every election, there are local issues on the ballot. There are issues on every ballot at the state, county, congressional district, and city levels. As you drill down further, your vote matters even more.

My name is Elliott Kim and I approve this message.

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4 Responses to “I Voted”

  1. comment number 1 by: orlund

    Hi Elliott Kim,

    I just selected you as one of the winners of an award:
    http://dadsworkbench.com/2008/11/04/the-charming-blog-award/

    Check it out if you have sometime.

  2. comment number 2 by: Israeli Mom

    Hey, you did well – good outcome IMO 😉

    And yes, having kids does change our perspective. It made me much more involved in peace activities. Thinking about my sons joining the IDF in 11 and 13 years from now is a strong motivator.

  3. comment number 3 by: Corina

    Great post. Issues on the ballot do in fact affect you on a bigger level sometimes that the outcome of the general election. Thanks for pointing that out!

  4. comment number 4 by: B. Wilde

    Having kids certainly does change our perspective and brings our values to the surface. Now that our kids are a little older it’s rewarding to see them ask us if we voted, who we voted for and to tell them about the issues to be considered. I watched my mom vote faithfully as a kid and I knew it was important. Hopefully my kids are picking up on the same from me.

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