And I didn’t vote.
We had already purchased airline tickets for my interview with the Ministerial Fellowship Committee when I realized that we would miss the April election.
I’ve always been an “election day” voter. There’s something festive about voting with everyone else, walking around wearing an “I voted” sticker, spotting the blue stickers on other people. It’s a citizenship party!
So I had no idea how to vote early, absentee, or any other option.
The municipality’s elections office assured me that our absentee ballots would be mailed out in plenty of time. That they would arrive before Liesl and I left town.
I watched our mailbox anxiously as our departure date grew closer.
And they didn’t come.
We got back to Anchorage on April 4. As we walked through the airport, a headline in the Daily News caught my eye: “Voters reject sexual orientation initiative.”
Our two votes wouldn’t have changed the outcome, but it would have felt better to know we’d done what we could.
Liesl and I have no plans to travel out-of-state on Election Day, but we’re both thinking about voting early. We’ll be in Anchorage next Monday and Wednesday, and there’s a good chance we’ll stop by one of the early voting locations then.
Why not? It’s not like we’re going to change our minds between now & Election Day.
What about you? Are you waiting until November 6? Or, like us, have you begun to imagine some of the things that could disenfranchise you?
I hear there’s a perfect storm headed for the East Coast. It’s anyone’s guess what chaos might break out in your neck of the woods. Here in Alaska, it’s likely to be a blizzard—or worse, an ice storm.
If you know how you want to vote, why not get out there and do it?
Elections matter, and so does your vote.
As soon as you’re ready, go, and make your voice heard.
I hear you still get a sticker, no matter when you vote. I’ll let you know.
Photo by Gretchen Fitzenrider.