Last time I wrote about my immigration/naturalization process, I had received a lecture on skin care and the proper preservation of fingerprints for federal purposes from the nice lady downtown (https://rosalindhughes.com/2011/09/23/naturalization-process-biometrics-and-skin-care-consultation/). Unfortunately, despite her best efforts, I received a letter informing me that “The FBI was unable to process your fingerprint card.” So even though she begged me not to bring my fingers back (“Visit any time!” she said, “Just NOT for fingerprinting!”), I have to go and do it all again.
While my interview and test will, then, be still a little way off, I have been granted extra time to study up on my Americana. While studying, I came across this selection of possible questions:
“49. What is one responsibility that is only for US citizens?
50. Name one right only for US citizens?
55. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?”*
Want to guess the common denominator in the answers to these questions?
That’s right. Vote.
At the time of writing, there are still nearly three hours left of polling in today’s elections. It’s a beautiful afternoon for a walk, bike or scenic drive to your local polling station.
So, to my friends whose right and responsibility it is, will you participate in your democracy today? If you haven’t already, will you vote? For me?
* U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Office of Citizenship, Civics Flash Cards for the Naturalization Test, Washington D.C., 2011.