Why I’m Voting For the First Time This Election Day

November 7, 2016

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.

If you do choose to vote on Tuesday, remember to keep your “I Voted” sticker as you can cash in on a few freebies from Krispy Kreme and 7-Eleven. Here’s the full list!


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