Confession time: I’ve never voted before.
Despite registering to vote in 2003, every election since felt like it didn’t matter to me. I’ve lived in blue states – so I felt my vote didn’t even matter.
This year, I feel like I totally have some skin in the game. Without turning this into a political rant, I’m completely scared what could happen to our country come January when our new president is sworn in. While I’m confident I know how New York will vote, I want to do my part and vote.
But it’s not just the presidential election that has me concerned. For the first time as an adult, I have ties to a community. Between having a home and soon a child, local government is more important to me than ever before. I want to make sure I do my part so my child can grow up in a fantastic community. I want to make sure the town I live in continues to flourish after making such an investment to live here. But up until this weekend, I had no clue what races were going on in my town. I’ve seen signs, watched fliers being handed out at the train station. I didn’t want to be clueless when I headed to the polls for the first time.
Then I found Vote411, from the League of Women Voters. Not only can you use this site to find your local polling place, but I found out there are 7 races I need to vote for. Through this site, I’m able to compare the candidates, so I can go into the polls completely informed. I now know what our county DA candidates stand for and the goals of local government officials.