This is the 30th year I am eligible to vote. In all that time, I have not missed an opportunity to cast a ballot. I remember in my 12th grade government class, Mr. Baldwin (yes, father of those Baldwins) gave a speech about voting as more than a right, it's a duty. He's right.
We cannot complain if we don't vote.
We cannot profess that democracy is the best system if we don't vote.
We cannot presume to tell other nations that they should have elections if we are not participating in our own.
We cannot call ourselves patriots if we do not respect our country enough to cast our ballots.
Whatever your political persuasion, get out there and do it. Vote early if you can. Vote by mail. Or vote tomorrow. I heard on the news this morning that the odds of your vote being the deciding vote in the presidential election is 1 in 60,000,000. Those odds are twice as good as the odds of winning the California lottery.
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And here's a virtual "I Voted" sticker for you: