But the point of my post today is just to simply tell you how good it feels every time I go to vote (and to me it's a much more enjoyable and personal thing to do in person) because of what it means to be able to do this, and to also mention a few of the voting obstacles and restrictions of that freedom that we as a country have overcome simply by getting out there and exercising that most precious of all rights.
This ties in to Question One that we are voting on here in Maine. Voting yes would overturn a law the Legislature enacted requiring people to register at least two days before voting day. I can tell you that that would have impacted yours truly today because I moved less than a year ago. Under the new law I would have had to make two trips, one of them completely unnecessary, just to be able to exercise my right to vote as a United States citizen and a resident of the State of Maine. The more difficult they make it for you to be able to vote, the harder it is for you to use your vote to keep them under control. Don't EVER let them start because it's always been difficult for some reason, here in the Land of the Free, to ensure that we all have our rights.
Let us also not forget that it was not all that long ago that certain segments, shall we say, of our society, even though they were citizens, did not have the right to vote and, therefore, were not fully vested in our democratic system; those people being women and people of color. So just remember that the right to vote is precious and it is what gives all of us the power to not be controlled by the few. They are always trying to weaken us; example being trying to restrict the rights of workers to organize. They have the power of money, therefore influence; our power is in numbers and they know that. Don't let them fool you into thinking it's in your interest to have the rights of individuals restricted.
Postscript: After voting, Todd and I drove over to the Maine Store for a breakfast sandwich, personally made for yours truly by my cousin. Yes, Todd got a smidge. And we said hi to Unc and Auntie as well.
Second Postscript: I'm lucky that I didn't have to drive back home before registering. You need to have something with you that says you live in the town you're registering in. Well, my driver's license isn't up for renewal, so it has my old address; and if I had remembered to bring a copy of a bill with my address on it, I would've been hard pressed to find one since I pay all my bills online and have gone paperless. Luckily, I had already registered my car in town and they were able to verify that, saving me a trip home to look for something with my address on it.