I’m writing this while watching the evening news, admittedly not something I do too often. (I watch the news in the morning! ‘Duh.) Today, like a good citizen, I went out and voted. Therefore, I’m dying to find out the results. Can they count faster please? At one point, I was so busy watching the tv, I managed to burn my grilled cheese. No joke. I’m 27 and should be able to do life better.
In all seriousness, while Watch Me Juggle isn’t quite the place to talk politics, I wanted to touch on a few things that I’ve observed over the weeks leading up to Election Day. I’m proud to say that in Austria, my mother’s homeland and still home to many of my relatives, you can cast your vote at the age of 16. Many other countries are following this trend, attempting to lower the minimum voting age. I’m all for encouraging young people to take an active interest in the goings-on of their respective countries. Every time I go to the polls, I consider it both a civic duty and honor. I realize this sounds rather grandiose, but just think about it. My grandmother’s generation was the first to allow women the right to vote- that’s not that long ago. With this in mind, I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to register. In high school, I even worked at the polls, all day, during the 2004 presidential election. I was too young to vote at the time, but at least it felt like I contributed. I remember my first time actually voting at the polling station set up in the rec room of my Freshman dorm. I stood outside the double doors and waited for them to open at 7am. Perhaps a bit excessive, yes, but I think it’s important to take an interest in what goes on in your country. It’s not quite as easy as just checking off one box and calling it a day, but luckily I have plenty of people who are willing to sit down and answer my ridiculous questions about politics with intelligence. When in doubt, I can always text my girlfriends and ask them what they think about Measure BB and whatnot. So tonight, I’m staying up and watching the news for the election results. And by tomorrow, my text conversations with my friends will return to where we’re going for lunch, and wondering what everyone’s upcoming Saturday looks like. All in a day’s work…
‘Till next time,