Tuesday, November 8, 2016 is Election Day! With all of the political TV & radio commercials, yard signs, billboards, and Facebook rants, it’s difficult to forget that election season is upon us. Hopefully that means you either voted early or plan to vote on this day. However, if you have decided not to vote at all, please reconsider that decision. Voting may not be important to you now, but your vote could change the future for you and your kids.
Before I get too far, let me provide you with a brief history of Election Day itself and why it is this time of year. In 1845, Congress passed Election Day as the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November. This is primarily due to all of the farmers during that time period. On Sunday, the farmers were in church and Wednesday was a market day. Since farmers needed a good day to travel to a polling location, Tuesday was the best day for their schedule. As far as the month, November was the best time of year since it was after a busy harvest season and before the treacherous winters. Hence, Election Day occurs on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
Now, allow me to fast forward to today and to the importance of voting. Trust me, I’m not going to voice my opinion on whom you should vote for, I just want to encourage you to vote. This year, I must admit that I do have a much greater appreciation for all of the politicians who have and are running for local and state level office because my spouse is running for an office. I never knew just how much work, effort, and time they spent knocking on people’s doors and attending events and functions to get their name and face out there! In fact, I have helped with the campaign and now know about all of the countless hours involved of not only bagging up informational pieces to hang on the doors, but also the door-knocking itself. Let’s just say it’s a TON of work, but pretty exciting too!
Furthermore, the ballot includes so much more than the presidential candidates (if this is why you do not want to vote this year), but also for other offices such as the U.S. House of Representatives, Senate, city offices, and important Legislative bills. In fact, this time on the Nebraska ballot, Bill 268 is listed which is the death penalty bill, and it is up to you whether you would like to repeal or retain it. Feel free to visit this helpful website for Nebraska voters: http://vote-ne.org/, to learn more about the candidates and bill. And, if you have not quite made up your mind about the presidential candidates, you can visit http://2016election.procon.org/ to review their stance on various issues.
I’ll stop right here so you have time to go out and vote on November 8!