#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Did you vote?

I mailed in my ballot yesterday, and I’m thankful that I have a small voice in things.

Now, I know some of you would argue, with no little justification, that individual votes don’t really matter, so why bother registering, going to the polls or filling out a ballot?  My answer to that is: Voting matters for its own sake, it matters because you have the right to do it.  It matters because many good people have given their all over the last two centuries or so, to establish and then preserve that right.  For YOU.  To give in to apathy and blow off the whole exercise as useless is, frankly, a cop-out.  (Interestingly, these are the people who gripe the most about whichever president or party happens to be in at the time.  This cowgirl is calling “B.S.” on that one!)

Obviously, I follow my dad’s old axiom–if you don’t vote, you’ve got no business *itching about the government.  :)  Now, I LOVE to do that–many Americans distrust all politicians, it’s a sort of honored tradition in our still-great country.  :)  Back as far as Valley Forge, when George Washington was pleading with Congress for food, boots and blankets, Congress argued about who would get the contracts.  Some things never change. 

Does that mean we can just throw up our hands and let it all go down the drain?

Excuse my language but, HELL no.  What we have, what we believe, is worth fighting for, worth dying for. 

So it’s certainly worth VOTING for.

Now, I’ll step down off my soap box and get to work.

25 comments to “Did you vote?”

  1. Hilda
      · November 6th, 2012 at 11:53 am · Link

    Hi, Linda. You made some great points in your blog. I mailed my ballot yesterday also. It’s important to vote. What bothers me about our voting system is the “electoral” votes where it seems certain states determine the outcome. Also I can’t stand the way the media loves to predict the outcome on voting day (Tuesday) when we westerners haven’t even voted yet! They have no business predicting anything and certainly shouldn’t announce any winners until Wednesday or Thursday. This is why my TV and radio will be OFF all night. Got better things to do – I’m going to read a book instead! Cheers, Hilda.

  2. Anne Little
      · November 6th, 2012 at 12:06 pm · Link

    You are so right Linda. Well said. Every voice matters. To say different is saying you your self don’t matter. One voice can, and has, made a difference in the lives of many. I will be leaving here in about 30 minutes to go vote with three other friends. Afterward we plan on going to lunch and catch up on news.

  3. Karon McCulloch
      · November 6th, 2012 at 12:23 pm · Link

    I voted even though I’ve been very disappointed in all the mud slinging from all the candidates for local, state and federal positions. I’d like to do away with the electoral college for the Presidency so that my vote really counts. If people don’t participate, they should keep their opinions to themselves. I’m so glad that Washington State is now voting by mail so that we don’t have to deal with the barage of “people” asking how we all voted.

    • Hilda
        · November 6th, 2012 at 12:28 pm · Link

      Amen to that! (a fellow WA-ST-er)

  4. Lesley Miller
      · November 6th, 2012 at 12:29 pm · Link

    You are very right! My daughter Emma is in first grade, and at her school yesterday they held a mock election between Henry and Mudge and Frog and Toad for President. This had sparked her interest so much that she asked if she could come to the polls with me this morning to see what real voting looked like. I am so glad that my daughter at age 7 has interest in the election, and feels at this young age that it is important. My hope for her is that her opinion stays the same as grows.

  5. Joy Newcomer
      · November 6th, 2012 at 12:44 pm · Link

    Thanks for your message…I voted early and even though I know my votes will be cancelled out by the neighbor who is voting the exact opposite as I am…I still believe that voting counts. Thanks, again, as always…I enjoy your blog.

  6. Juanita Rice
      · November 6th, 2012 at 12:55 pm · Link

    You go girl!!! Well said.

    As a veteran, my husband says he served his country to preserve those rights. He adds his kudos for your comments!

    We always vote!

  7. Marianne
      · November 6th, 2012 at 1:02 pm · Link

    That’s for sure!!! Leavin’ now to vote …

  8. kim cornwel
      · November 6th, 2012 at 1:08 pm · Link

    i voted early this year! i agree you have no right to *itch if you dont vote! so get out people and make your vote count!

  9. Joan
      · November 6th, 2012 at 1:24 pm · Link

    You go, Linda! I voted today.

  10. Shirley Wetmore
      · November 6th, 2012 at 1:40 pm · Link

    Hurrah for you Linda…I’m proud of you for speaking up. I also believe if you don’t vote you got no business complaining about what you get. Love your daily letters and all of your books…..Keep them coming.

  11. Laurie Grathen
      · November 6th, 2012 at 2:02 pm · Link

    Thank you for this post, Linda.

    As a veteran, married to a retired veteran, we are grateful for the privilege to live in the greatest country on earth.

    For those who question the electoral college, I urge you to learn why the Founding Fathers set that up and understand why your vote still counts even though the Electoral College exists. We live in a representative republic, not a democracy. There was great wisdom in why it was designed that way.

    It’s also important to understand how the States came to be united. The Founding Fathers were not creating a new country, they were forming a coalition between 13 sovereign and independent states to provide for functions that were better handled by combining their efforts. We’ve gotten very far off track from the original intent of uniting the States.

  12. Lorena
      · November 6th, 2012 at 2:57 pm · Link

    Our votes do count, especially in the local/state candidates and amendments.

  13. Emily A. Miller
      · November 6th, 2012 at 3:05 pm · Link

    I always vote and did so early this morning with my husband.

  14. Alisa Wells
      · November 6th, 2012 at 3:25 pm · Link

    Well said Linda. I voted earlier today.

  15. Sherry Wallace
      · November 6th, 2012 at 4:53 pm · Link

    Amen & amen!!
    SherryNan :-)

  16. Linda Pegher
      · November 6th, 2012 at 10:33 pm · Link

    I agree with you 100%. I refuse to discuss politics, but will tell a non-registered adult that they don’t have any right to complain. My niece stopped speaking to me for about a week when I said it to her, but she did register and votes in every election.

  17. carole
      · November 6th, 2012 at 10:36 pm · Link

    its our duty to vote-had 2 first time voters in my household so I was so excited for my kids to vote…we went together…we has different views but thats ok! thats what is so great about being in the U.S.A. we have the choices and its our right to be different. Have a nice week-will see who wins tonight!

  18. Shari Grant
      · November 7th, 2012 at 8:04 am · Link

    Yes, I voted. I voted for the candidate that I thought would best protect my country, and my family as we look to the future. I worried about Medicare becoming privatized. I worried about Medicare being given to the states when my state is bankrupt, corrupt, and not a place I want to entrust my future ability to live independently and make my own way. I voted for the candidate that in my opinion most lived up to my beliefs that a country is only as strong as the least among us and that we need to care about those who for whatever reason are not able to care for themselves rather than an every man for himself mentality. I want to be a proud American again and frankly, I am so glad this election is over and we can get on with the business of government again.

  19. Bonnie Wilson
      · November 7th, 2012 at 8:47 am · Link

    I agree with your dad…and I’m also a believer in SUPPORT YOUR PRESIDENT!!! Whether you voted for him or not, he is our leader and we need to unite as a country and support his efforts.

    I will also climb down from my soap box and get busy..READING!.. :wink:

  20. Carole Sklenar
      · November 7th, 2012 at 3:15 pm · Link

    Thank you Linda. You put into words what I have long thought. If you don’t vote, you have no right to gripe on how things are going. I voted a couple weeks ago and it felt so good to know that I’d had my say, even tho sometimes I do get discouraged when the people I vote for don’t win, but that’s why they call it voting. Everyone has a voice. Have a wonderful day. :)

  21. Connie Johnson
      · November 8th, 2012 at 9:07 pm · Link

    I would like to say Amen! I wish more people knew their history and understood why our Founding Fathers set up our government the way they did.

  22. Connie Johnson
      · November 8th, 2012 at 9:10 pm · Link

    This reply was for Lauriie’s reply from earlier. Thank you.

  23. Rhonda
      · November 8th, 2012 at 10:45 pm · Link

    of course i voted havent missed an election since i turned 18 .

  24. Sue Mccormick
      · November 17th, 2012 at 8:23 am · Link

    Since it’s now almost Thanksgiving, this comment is now öut-of-date, but I’ve been under the weather and so haven’t been keeping up with my email. We voted on election day; I have only missed ONE election since I voted for Dewey in 1948. (the missed vote? — I woke up one local election day with a virus attack so strong as to keep me in bed for 3 days — too late for absentee ballot!).

    Like my first vote, I often vote for the loser; winning is never as important as the process of voting. In close elections, the winning side learns that they are being watched by the opposition. In true “landslides” the loosing side learns that the voters dislike their platform. If the vote is light, all parties get the message that the voters do not care.

    Every vote DOES count, and the messages the voters send is important to all of us. I’m proud to live in a country where I have a voice in what happans!

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