Value Your Right To Vote

I have been an American citizen for 144 hours now.

Six days.

The very first thing I did after taking my Oath (aside from cry) was register to vote.  If you have followed along with my process at all, you know this has been a bit emotional for me – and I am certain that this right, this responsibility – the opportunity to vote in this year’s election is one of the reasons.

I stood, one of 51 people who took the Oath last week.  This group represented 25 different countries. Many of those countries do not allow their citizens the right to voice their opinions or to vote in elections.  So, this move into U.S. citizenship provides a level of freedom they have never experienced.

I am humbled.  I am honored.  Like every one of this group of 51, I registered to vote.  I will be taking advantage of this right.

Somewhere between 60 and 70% of us (yes, I can say us now) are registered to vote… meaning Americans who are eligible. But that leaves a large percentage of people who are choosing NOT to participate. Why do you think that is happening? If you are one of those people, what would make you change your mind, register to vote, and actually voice your opinion?

I really want to know.

  • http://twitter.com/ashleytaylor76 The Dose of Reality

    I wish I knew why people did not take this responsibility, this privilege, this very sacred right more seriously. Congratulations on this very important milestone in your life, and I hope you will follow up and share what it was like to step into the voting booth for the first time as an American citizen! :)

  • http://franklymydearmojo.com Molly Jo

    I fully intend to vote this election; but I can say for myself I often feel that it won’t really make a difference. The Electoral Vote is not the same as the Popular Vote, so even if our Representatives don’t like how we as citizens vote, they can change that. And it’s “majority rules”. So there is no real “Popular Vote”. Makes me feel like my voice doesn’t matter. So why bother? Where I live, the popular vote has spoken but those who don’t agree take it to court to overturn the results. Again: why bother? That’s why I think a lot of people don’t vote. This year, however, I fully intend to make my voice count! I will definitely be voting. And congratulations on becoming a citizen in time for you to do the same!

  • http://www.tothinkistocreate.com To Think Is To Create

    I love this. I come from a very political family, and I’m pretty sure I registered on my 18th birthday and maybe threw a party about it later. ;-)

    I also find it a bit magical that you became a citizen on the day my daughter turned one. Kismet!

  • Danielle Smith

    That is ABSOLUTELY Kismet – I love it. I actually received my Voter Registration Card in the mail yesterday – I’m so excited. :)

  • Danielle Smith

    Thank you so very much for this! I will absolutely be following up. I’m actually going to take my small people with me that morning to vote – hoping to truly instill in them the importance of this privilege.

  • Danielle Smith

    Thank you for the congratulations – I’m thrilled. I hear your thoughts quite a bit – the concern that the single vote doesn’t make a difference – I’m so hoping it does. I do have to have faith in the process.

  • theshoppingmama

    I have voted in every Presidential election since I turned 18. Of course, a few have been via absentee ballot, but nothing beats the feeling of walking into the polling place to vote. It’s such a rush and a thrill and I’m so excited for you to do it for the first time! Congratulations.

  • Danielle Smith

    I simply love that you have voted every single time. What a treasure. I know I’m going to be giddy that day. I just received my registration card the other day – so I am TRULY official. Thank you so much for the congrats – I cannot wait :)