In the U.S., it’s election time again. This year we’re having what are called mid-term elections because they’re in the middle of a presidential term. Since there is no presidential candidate on the ballot, these elections are frequently taken less seriously and voters seem to be somewhat more casual about exercising their right and duty as citizens.
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
The New Colossus
Emma Lazarus, 1849-1887
As the November 4 voting date approaches, many states with early voting laws have already opened their polls. There are more political advertisements on television and my e-mail box is filled with missives from the many groups I’m interested in reminding me to vote.
The importance of voting is in the very act of voicing your choice and less about who ultimately wins the election. I’ll say it again: expressing your choice is what’s important. You know you’ve got a point of view, so express it. Go vote!