Inspired by Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #83: Future
Today was all about the future.
It was voting day in New Hampshire.
I live in the state which holds the first Primary in the race for President of the United States. Hordes of candidates have been campaigning here during the last year. Speeches. Rallies. Town Halls. Visits to local diners. Television and radio ads. Much shaking of hands and thousands of selfies.
I won’t go into all the drama and teeth gnashing that defines today’s politics. Much of it polarizing and potentially toxic within families and friendships – where differences of opinion exist.
This is not about a particular candidate.
What I want to focus on here is the wonder of living in a country where we actually have the right to vote. A chance to shape our future.
Express our opinions, as diverse as they are. Hopefully with respect.
Sometimes that goes well and sometimes it doesn’t.
Today it went well. I was more than happy to wait for a parking place at the packed voting site. It signaled a large voter turnout. People taking this responsibility seriously. Perhaps it meant less voter apathy. I hope I’m right.
To vote is to put your voice to work for everyone’s future. All the candidates promise – in one way or another – a better future. Whether that be health care, tackling climate change, jobs…and my favorite since my teenage years: promoting peace. World peace. How we all need to get along…better.
I was greeted by campaign reps standing outside with their signs. Media personnel conducting random interviews.
No shouting. Just friendly hellos and smiles.
As a two party system, you must choose a Democratic or Republican ballot for a primary election.
So many choices.
[As far as I know, a $1,000.00 filing fee is all that’s needed to get your name on the ballot]
Last but not least…leave the pen!
Let’s hope we vote for a bright and prosperous future for us all.
Time will tell.