Those of you who’ve read this blog before may remember that I became a US citizen remarkably recently – just in time, in fact, to register to vote today. Some friends who have become disillusioned by the political process are bemused – and maybe amused – by my enthusiasm.
I get how disheartening political engagement can be. Trust me, I’ve been there.
But there’s nothing like an enforced sabbatical from voting to make a person appreciate the really quite remarkable freedom that we ordinary folk have to tell the government who we want and what we want them to do. Look around. Not everyone gets that opportunity …
At my local polling station, disillusionment and cynicism were noticeable by their absence. Poll workers who had been setting up since before daybreak were bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and excited to assist a first-time voter.
Go ahead, make their day. Vote!

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 , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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1 Response to Vote!

  1. Tara says:

    I think the primaries are fairly similar to what you’re discussing, which is evidenced by the higher numbers showing up for the Nov election. I’ve heard before that you fall in love during the primaries and fall in line for the Nov. election.

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