• Jill O. Patrick

It's My Right To Vote, And I Used It!

As I look back on last weeks midterm elections, just like a great number of people that I know, the midterm election cycle provided lots of excitement and predictions leading up to the casting of millions of votes.

According to the Brennan Center for Justice, "The Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965 to ensure state and local governments do not pass laws or policies that deny American citizens the equal right to vote based on race. As the leading democracy of the world, the U.S. should work to keep voting free, fair, and accessible. That’s why the Voting Rights Act is so important. It makes sure every citizen, regardless of their race, has an equal opportunity to have a say and participate in our great democracy."

Several years ago, I volunteered to work on the second presidential campaign for Barack Obama. I was welcomed with opened arms and spent many hours and days doing what was asked of me by my team leader and other leaders on the campaign, who had already been taking part in the historic event prior to me coming on board.

I made telephone calls, knocked on residential doors, attended local events just to name a few of the ways in which I contributed. I put my heart into what I was doing, and smiled from the pride and proud of my role.

As I have recently watch television news programs and read various articles, I am taken back to the many stories I've heard and read since childhood, on the countless sacrifices made by others so that I could one day have a right to vote.

This year and some past, I have assisted in voter registration campaigns, asking and issuing information and literature to inform and remind others of their civic right to vote.

Last week as I stood near the front door in the vestibule area after church service, I made my final pitch to congregants passing by as I had done before. A great many shared that they had already voted in the early voting process.

Many others who had not yet voted shared a brief amount of information on their intentions to vote on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. There were many that had taken with them the remaining information and literature we still had on hand referring to candidates, campaigns, voting poll locations, etc.

As I reflect on the historical significance of a persons right to vote, I am appreciative and honored for this gift handed down to me.

It is with pride, that I accept my right to vote as I am able to stand on the shoulders of many who came and informed and issued informative materials as I've been able to do.

Just like your vote, and my vote, each of our votes are intended to count, with an occasional recount on what was supposed to be the final count.

Take good care of yourself,