I am grateful for the right to vote.
It is almost hard for me to believe, but one of my grandmothers did not have the right to vote for a few years. She was born towards the end of the 1800's and would have been able to vote before women were given the right. I cannot imagine her sitting back and letting men tell her what to do and how to do it. She was very smart and up on issues of her time. When women were finally given the right to vote, I can almost guarantee she would have been one of the first in line. I wish now I could go back and ask her about situations such as these.
Admittedly, there are flaws in our voting processes at times. But we acknowledge these and work to fix them. We are still given more voting rights than any other country.
Our process is becoming more and more drawn out, but we, the people, still get to decide on our officials and our issues.
The right to vote is a privilege. It is a privilege that each of us should never take for granted. On this election day, and every single election, from presidential elections to city council we each need to exercise our right to vote.
As I go to the poll this afternoon, I will think of my grandmother and all the women before her that waited for the very moment they could vote. I'll say a silent thank you to the women that paved the way for me. And I'll thank God that I live in a nation that gives each of us the right to cast our vote. For that, I am grateful.