WHY I VOTE

Today, November 6, 2018 is Election Day in the United States and the territories.

It’s not the presidential election, which happens every four years, but what’s called midterm elections for governors , senators, judges, and state attorney generals.

Some states have what’s called “early voting”, in which you don’t have to wait until the normal election day, which is normally on the first or second Tuesday in November.

For the past three years I have worked as an Election Poll Worker from the hours of 5 AM until 10PM.

Polls in the state of New York open from 6am until 9pm and if someone is in line to vote at 9:05, they MUST vote, they aren’t turned away by a New York policeman, who are at the poling places to see that order is restored and to make sure there’s no monkey business going on.

I have been a registered voter since 1971, when it became legal for 18 year olds to vote in the United States .

There was only one time that I didn’t vote .

That was the election of Richard Nixon in 1972.

I was disappointed in all the dirty tricks that was going on.

I told many family members after it was over and Nixon basically beat the crap out of George McGovern that I would never vote again that I was so disgusted with politics.

That didn’t sit well with my parents and my aunts and uncles.

It’s because of them that I have voted in EVERY election since.

My grandparents and my parents until they moved to New York City in the 1930’s when they had my sister and brother , couldn’t vote in the United States .

They weren’t born in Europe, Canada, the Carribean or one of those “Shit Hole African Countries ” that my president talked about.

Nope, my parents came from those “foreign cities” of Sumter , South Carolina and Oxford, Waxhaw County, North Carolina .

Sumter is near Charleston , South Carolina , where the first shots of the Civil War were fired and Waxhaw County, North Carolina is the home of President Andrew Jackson .

Very ironic because my mama was part Cherokee Indian .

I vote because they couldn’t .

I think of how proud they would have been to see so many politicians of color running for public office, especially in the South.

I was away for three days and I’m very tired.

But I’m not too tired to do something that my relatives, who were born here tried to, but couldn’t do for the most part.

That’s why I vote.