Voting was super hard this time.
I found myself frustrated by many poor choices, and excited about few.
I rarely can vote straight party anymore, and seem to have missed out on the days of my parents or grandparents when that was possible.
Now, too often, the extreme Democrats are a threat to my faith, the moderate ones are what moderate republicans used to be, and the Republicans either spend too much money or get too aggressive to everyone, and the independents were just crazy.
Except it is still important to use my voice and try my best, so I had to muddle through it all to make sure I voted.
The governor pretty much gave me the choice of voting pro-family or for my job, which is for families, and so the irony left me baffled.
I voted on specific issues related either to my faith or to government stewardship or related issues like immigration, education, or healthcare.
My faith issues are primarily focused families and freedom to worship.
My church, however, does not endorse one party or another, but just encourages us to participate in voting.
Obviously, because of my work, I follow the healthcare issues closely.
My experiences parenting an illegal immigrant and being involved in that trafficking case taught me more about the immigration issues that I had not know or understood before.
There was one spot I couldn’t for the life of me remember which one I had chosen when I studied these weeks before going in to vote, and it was like guessing on a test. Should I vote by party? Do I pick the woman? Should I assume party issues and vote on that?
Even when I am trying, I don’t know how clear my voice is in this vote!
On another one, I specifically did not vote for one guy because he had declined to answer any questions on any of the voter sites online. I don’t know if he didn’t know how or thought he didn’t need to, but I decided that if he can’t talk in my language then he won’t be able to represent me well. He lost my vote simply by not participating.
I liked retaining good judges, and ousting one that has made me uncomfortable.
The state questions had to do with veterans and their widowed spouses, which seems a great thing for me to support, and letting government leaders also be paid for military jobs which had me worried if they could really do both or just wanted the money?
It was tricksy, this vote, but I thought my way through it best I could, and learned some ideas of how to better prepare for next time.
I was disappointed that there was no good, central place to compare local issues, and so maybe that’s something I can do to help next time so we all have a place to compare candidates.
I am, however, super grateful for the right to try my voice at voting, and feel inspired by the women who made it possible to keep getting better (wiser) at using that vote well.
But I did vote, and there is still time if you haven’t yet!