Tuesday, November 6, 2012

My First Time

I voted on November 6, 2012. For the first time.

Yes, it was the first time I voted. On October 22, 2012 I actually registered, but it wasn't the first time I tried to register. I once filled out a voter's registration card and nearly became a Libertarian. I waited a day before sending it in because I was feeling unsure about my choice, and the card ultimately ended up in the shredder due to my uncertainty. This time wasn't much different except I registered online and waited until the last possible moment to make my final party decision. What was my political affiliation going to be? I'm pretty moderate, so choosing between the Democratic and Republican parties was difficult. I identify with each of them on some level so how was I supposed to choose? When it comes down to making decisions, I'm a TERRIBLE decision maker. Unless I feel confident about one thing (like Prop 37), my head is going to go around and around until I get so bogged down by the details and the pros and cons that I can't make a decision. So I left it up to fate. Some people may disagree or seriously hate the way I came to a decision on what political party to register with, but it's what I needed to do. 

I flipped a coin. A dime, to be exact.


Heads Democrat. Tails Republican. Best out of five.

Flip 1: Democrat
Flip 2: Democrat
Flip 3: Republican
Flip 4: Republican
Flip 5: -------------

Do you really need to know the answer? Just be thankful I registered!

I was clearly not one of those people who couldn't wait to Rock The Vote after turning 18. In fact, mums been the word for me when talking about anything remotely political for quite some time. I hate LISTENING to people debate political topics with each other. It actually makes me more than a little uncomfortable when I'm standing by in those situations. If people would just calmly discuss those topics and educate themselves with legitimate facts, then I think it would be fine, but everyone just "knows" that their opinion is the "right" one. 

I'm really no different than anyone else when it comes down to my opinion on matters that I'm passionate about. Like GMOs. Do NOT get me started on that. I will go on and on and I do get heated at times. On the same note, High Fructose Corn Syrup (which is not the same as sugar) is another thing that I will talk your ear off about. Let's not forget about slaughterhouses either...I may read too many books.

Anyway, I finally felt like I was ready to vote. The main reason I registered a few weeks ago was so I could vote YES on 37, which will require companies to disclose their use of GMOs and not allow them to market their product as "natural." Will it pass? We'll find out, but at least I know I did my part. I didn't vote on every issue because I wasn't confident that I was informed completely on certain ones. Part of the reason I never registered in the first place was because I didn't know enough about the issues and never put in the time to learn about them. I'm a terrible person. I know. Some people would say that I should have voted because the women who came before me paved the way so that I could. Am I grateful for what they did for me? Of course I am! However, just because you CAN doesn't always mean you SHOULD. An irresponsible voter is someone who votes because they can without knowing what they are voting for. In those cases it's simply better to not vote. I used to be ashamed that I had never voted before. I've been met with many looks of disbelief, so I generally avoided talking about it. Today, I am proud to say that I voted and that I voted responsibly. It is a right and a privilege that I did not abuse.


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