The deadline for voter registration in New York State is this Friday, October 12. We want to make sure you vote this year. Step 1 is making sure you’re registered, and we’re going to keep hammering away at that theme this week. Because we want all of you to vote. See our article from yesterday for registration information.
A few days after we first started plugging this message, Rita Meade – a member of Community Board 10 and the Salem Press winner for Quirky Library Blog for her work on Screwy Decimal – wrote an extensive piece on what the right to vote meant to her. We’ve excerpted it article below, and really encourage you to read the entire post on Screwy Decimal.
…So simple, yet so freaking beautiful: he wanted a voter registration form. Now, I don’t consider myself a blindly patriotic person. I know there are major flaws in our current political system. However, I’m involved in local politics in various ways and I know that there ARE good people working hard out there to better our communities. And I’ve always considered voting to be important, so this kind of thing, a man who cares enough about his new country to want to have a say in what goes on, gets me all choked-up-feeling. I just want to run to the top of the Statue of Liberty wearing a dress made of flags and shoot flags out of a flag cannon while singing “God Bless America.”
And honestly, the same thing happens when I step into a voting booth (the choked-up feeling, not the flag cannon stuff).
It’s the feeling of being a part of something bigger than yourself. It’s letting your voice be heard, in whatever small way it can be heard when you feed your ballot through the new weird scantron ballot machine. It’s knowing that my great-grandma wasn’t allowed to vote when she was a young woman because she was a woman, but my grandma could and my mother could – and did. When we were kids, my mom would take my sister and me into the voting machine with her and let us watch as she clicked the little knobs down. Then my sister and I would fight over who got to slide the curtain open and we’d all go get ice cream. OH SAY CAN YOU SEE…