I remember just 28 years ago when I turned 18 and I got to vote in my first Presidential Election, my first election period. Ronald Reagan was the incumbent and was running against former Vice-President Walter Mondale.
The race really wasn’t that close with Reagan receiving 58.8 percent of the vote versus Mondale’s 40.6 percent but the excitement of walking into a polling booth and casting my vote was a thrill I will never forget. No presidential election since then has surpassed Reagan’s electoral votes in 1984.
Since that day I have been honored to have voted in every election.
My choices have not always been winners but I took the time to read and research and make the best decision for me and my values and beliefs.
This year we are voting, once again, for President of the United States and voting in Washington could not be easier.
You can register to vote online now and your ballots and Voter’s Pamphlets are mailed directly to you. The only thing you have to do is buy a stamp and place your ballot in the mailbox: We even have a drop box in Lake Stevens behind the Baptist church on Main St. No stamp needed.
There really is no excuse for anyone 18 years or over, not to register and vote.
This is a crucial election, both nationally and statewide and every American needs to use their right to vote. We each need to research the candidates and the initiatives and make our decisions on our own.
Don’t let ads or signs sway your vote. Don’t let your friends, on Facebook or otherwise, tell you how to vote. Don’t vote one-way just because it’s what you’ve always done.
Take the time to make an informed decision. Your future could depend on it.
Many Americans feel that their one vote doesn’t really matter in the large scheme of things, but your vote does matter.
Peter Roff said in an article written for The Alternative Board, “Unique in its time but now the model for the world, the United States is a place where we, each of us, have our destiny in our hands. A destiny we bring to pass, not through revolution or bloodshed, but through institutions like the jury box, the town meeting and the voting booth.”
We are an example of true democracy throughout the world and our forefathers fought, thousands to their death, to ensure this freedom for each of us.
Why vote? Roth asks, “Because in America, that is the way we change things. That is the way we reform the system. That is the way we guard against the threats to our liberties and exercise our responsibilities. That is the way that we keep America free.”
Your candidates may not become the winners but by casting your vote you are working for the betterment of your life and that of your children, neighbors and all fellow Americans.