With the Presidential election only days away, it seems appropriate to emphasize once more the importance of voting. My middle daughter will be voting in her first election and as a young idealist, is not entirely happy with either party’s choices: two, seventy-something, white men. I can’t say that I blame her. But even though she may not be jazzed about our two-party system’s candidates for this 2020 election, I have tried to convey to her the importance of her vote as well as her right to vote, a right historically denied to so many here in this country (and still denied today in many countries around the world).
I remind her that this election will not only select our country’s President for the next four years, but we also are casting a vote for who we hope to represent us at the local, state and national levels, as well as determine what improvements, measures and/or amendments we deem worthy. These all have a great impact on our communities and, quite often, the resulting yay or nay, reveal our values.
Regardless of whether our personal choice wins or loses, we cannot forget that this is the way we support a democracy. Voting is our opportunity to express our opinion — to weigh in on important debates about the economy, healthcare, education, the environment and infrastructure.
Earlier this month, Revel hosted a voting event with California’s Assistant Secretary of State, who shared a few tips for voters:
And should you want to share this historic election (first woman of color on a presidential ticket) with other Revelers, join us for an Election NIght Watch Party Check-in on Tuesday evening from 5-5:30pm pst. We will also be here to support each other the morning after the election, should we need it: The Daily Revel will be open for drop-in conversation from 8:30am to 9:00am pst.
Regardless of the outcome of this (or any election), I am always hopeful. In America, there is always an opportunity to vote for change. This is what I tell my daughter as she steps up to cast her first vote. I must admit that I’m ready to pass the torch to her generation, who I see as more inclusive, just, and vocal than my own. My children don’t care what color skin you have…they see people as human beings deserving of respect, fairness and equal opportunities. They see love as an inherent right and hold no judgment about who loves who. They will not live their lives according to historic gender roles but will expect a husband and wife to equally juggle their careers, parenting and homelife. In America or any democracy, there is always hope for a better life.
Our vote is our voice.
Jill Layman is a Revel member and proud General Election voter since 1982.