That's me yesterday, standing on the front steps of the Michigan State Capitol. I didn't plan the proximity of this visit to coincide with the election, but it kind of happened anyway. And while I'll get back to more of my Lansing trip in an upcoming post, today is much too important for me to assume that I can distract everyone from what's going on in the United States today.
If you're 18, go out and vote. If you're 25, 42, 89, or 100 (or anywhere in between), go out and vote. Or have someone bring you a piece of paper (or whatever they're doing these days for people who can't get out of their houses), and circle names or fill in bubbles and vote. Remember, no one will listen to your opinions the rest of the year if they find out you skipped your duties today. So you might as well cover all your bases while you can.
And if it's any extra incentive, remember that you can usually use your "I Voted" sticker as a bargaining tool for things like free ice cream and coffee. But free perks usually taste better when you have that extra feeling of self-accomplishment built in, so . . . vote. No stealing stickers.
After all, most people don't get to live in a country where they can freely express their opinions, contribute ideas, and take stupid pictures of themselves in capitol building elevators. So, I think we owe it to ourselves and everyone else to take advantage of every right we're given--especially if it means preserving values that we stand for and believe in.
Say yes to silly faces. Happy election day, everyone.