I posted a version of this last year, and hey, another voting day is upon us. So get yer keestah out there and vote. Here in Boston we are electing 4 (out of 8) at-large city councilors out of 8. I did some reading on who was running and what they are promising to work on, I have my list and am ready to go. There is also ballot question about bringing back rent control. The rents in Boston some of the highest in the country and out of reach for many people, not just people without financial means. It has pros and cons, but this seems worth trying to help people stop being displaced from their long-time communities. Learn more about the Boston election here, and meet the candidates here.
There are many good reasons to vote: make your voice heard, participate in our democracy, save our country from ruin (even though people differ on the definition or ruin, we seem to be able to agree we’re all working toward that goal)..
And that is all fine, but in case those reasons don’t do it for you, here’s another: Do it for the elders who single-handedly run our polling systems. At least here in Massachusetts.
I have lived in and voted in 3 different areas in and around Boston: in a city with a mix of college kids, townies, and those from elsewhere who liked it enough to stay; a working class city; and now a bastion of blue snowflakes. What do they have in common? Every poll place is run by people over the age of 70, maybe even 75.
While we’re bellyaching about having to run in there before, after, or during work, or between jobs, or picking up/dropping off kids, or between care giving errands, these badass guardians of our democracy are there from 7 am to 8 pm on election day, and with early voting, on many other days, as well.
So if you are at least trying to pretend you’re human, you should go out of respect of these elders, many of them grandmas and grandpas. Are you going to diss grandma? Are you that lame?
And if you don’t care about that, are you going to be shown up by a little old man or lady? They can get up early and sit there asking people the same questions for hours, and you can’t manage to take 10 minutes to pop in and vote?
C’mon, don’t be an asshat, just vote! You can always be an asshat later.
And of course all you lovelies who have voted or will, thank you. You’re utterly fantastic, and the badasses approve.
Photo credit: OMF