Vote for me!

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 ( 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.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020). She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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3 Responses to Vote for me!

  1. Ken Ranos says:

    Now I’m sitting here thinking, “What is the second way for question 55?”, thus demonstrating the general incompetence of the average American.

    • There’s a whole selection of things to choose from for that one: vote, run for office, join a community organization, “give an elected official your opinion” about something, call your representative, write to the newspaper, campaign, join a political party, go public on how you feel about an issue … are you meant to do them all at once or two at a time?!

  2. Ken Ranos says:

    Ah, I misread the question. I thought it was saying that there were only two ways to participate in a democracy. The one I would have been thinking of was “run for office.” Those other things don’t really seem like participating in a democracy to me.

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