There are no upcoming holidays this month (except Halloween and I will write about that in a week or so). I have worn out the topics of fall, cooler weather and rain so I was at a loss for a topic this week to ramble about.
Then I realized we do have elections coming up in the near future. I never try to tell anyone how or who to vote for. I do encourage everyone to read up on the initiatives and try to know who is running for the different offices. We need to go to the polls as well informed as possible. I also encourage people to vote. It is our right and it should be a privilege to cast our vote for the person of our choice or vote our opinion on a pending issue.
Sometimes we think one vote does not make a difference, but one vote at a time does add up.
Our candidates of choice may not always win, but at least we tried. If our vote is not among the winners for our local or county officials, we need to support who did win and work with them for the betterment of our towns and communities.
Nothing will get done if there is always bickering and conflict. It takes more than one person to get things done.
I am sure there are very few (if any) women still living who can remember when women did not have the right to vote. It was not as long ago as one might think -- less than 100 years.
The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote, a right known as women's suffrage. It was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920, ending almost a century of protest.
I am not sure why men thought women did not have enough sense to vote. I am also sure it caused a lot of conflict among husbands and wives.
It is really interesting to read some of the history on what it took for women to finally get the right to vote. Can you imagine how proud those women were the first time they got to cast a ballot. They probably had to go through many protesters who just did not want women to have a say.
I have written before on some of the things we take for granted, and I would say a woman's right to vote would be on the top of the list.
There was an era when a poll tax was connected with voting rights. I don't know much about the poll tax or how it was levied but, I am sure it prevented many poor people from voting.
Voting as we know it today has not always been the normal.
We do have mid-term elections coming up in November and many places will be opened for early voting starting later in October.
Like I said before, let's look at the candidates and try to make well informed decisions. I don't pretend to be an expert, but when I cast my vote I want to know in my own mind why I voted as I did.
If we don't vote, we don't have the right to complain about the outcome. Voting should be something we take very seriously.