By now the votes are counted and reported. Some are relieved and some are disappointed. It happens.
But what matters is this – people got up off their butts, registered and then actually voted.
Statewide, early voting has broken records for midterm elections. More voted early this year than the TOTAL amount in 2014. That is quite impressive.
I’m so proud of Atascosa County, too. The Atascosa County Elections office tallied over 7,000 who voted early – 7,704 to be exact.
While I’m pleased that so many people voted, I am thrilled that I won’t have to view the commercials anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I admire the fine folks who are out there campaigning, but I won’t miss the daily text messages encouraging me to vote, support, go door-to-door, etc.
This also means that I can also unhide some of my friends again (both sides) on social media and have a meaningful conversation with my brother, again.
I was raised in a house divided. My parents teased that they really didn’t have to vote since they’d most likely cancel each other out. But vote they did. I never knew how they voted, but I appreciated their devotion to the process. We had great conversations and I was encouraged to vote for the person instead of the party – especially in local elections.
The way I see it, we need to keep up the momentum of exercising our right to vote. Let’s become more involved and accountable.
SUE BROWN is a columnist of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.