First off, here's a video to get you in the voting mood. I can't get through it without wanting to wipe away my tears, run out of the room, and cast my vote immediately.
A lot of us are getting ready to cast our vote. If, next Tuesday, it's sleeting outside and some of the roads are closed and you're hungover and all nine of your kids are sick and you'd have to call your mother to watch the kids while you go to the polls and she'll never let you forget how you should have listened to her and married that guy with the minivan, SUCK IT UP AND DO IT ANYWAY. This is a close election, and nobody has won it yet. Remember Florida, Y2K? Your vote matters, yes it does.
Also, please remember to vote on the entire ballot, not just for a presidential candidate (gObama). Several states include unfair and discriminatory propositions.
CALIFORNIA: Vote No on 8
FLORIDA: Vote No on 2
ARIZONA: Vote No on 102
CONNECTICUT: Vote No on Question 1
ARKANSAS: Vote No on Act 1If you're unsure about why marriage matters, why civil rights and equality are important, please take a few moments to find out more.
One thing on the ballot for Marylanders is a constitutional amendment that would give us a two-week voting period, instead of just one day. While I love the idea of taking the kids to vote on the one day that the rest of the country is voting, a day heavy with significance and responsibility, in practice it's kind of a pain in the ass. I'm torn between taking them to the polls with me after work to instill the habit of voting, and voting on my lunch break when the lines might be shorter.
My friend Mike sent me this video, both hilarious and truly disturbing. *shudder*