I will be the first to admit that I did not participate in early voting, but today I made it happen! I voted! As I reflect of my voting experience this year, I noticed that the tension was very thick. People who picked up Republican voting sheets snarled at people who picked up Democratic voting sheets and Democrats snarled at people who picked up Republican voting sheets. Personally, I took them both. I didn’t want to end up in a fight outside of my assigned voting location because I took the wrong sheet.
When I went inside, no one smiled (except for the people working). I felt like the wrong words would have caused people to turn the place upside down. People rushed to complete their ballots, but I took my time. While I was in line, waiting to turn in my ballot, a lady worked hard to hide her ballot from me.
I walked out, not knowing if I was going to be sniped from a distance because of who people assumed that I voted for. When I returned to my car, I finally felt safe. Whew!
I want you to know that I love you, regardless of who you voted for. You have a right to your own opinion and so do I. I will not hate you, disrespect you, or curse you because of the what you believe in. It is called “agreeing to disagree.” We do not have to be hateful towards a group or race while expressing our opinions (voting). We all have different beliefs, different expectations, and different situations which cause us to vote the way that we do. We do not have to vote for the same people. Individually, we have a right to make our own decisions. In the process of making our own decisions, let’s show our young people that we do not have to hate each other while doing it.
The reality is…when the votes are in, we all have to work together the next day.