The kids and I went to the mall today after we picked Book Boy up from school. We were just going for a couple of hours, to pick up a birthday present for BB’s friend and to have a snack of some sort.
As we approached the mall entrance, I saw a woman sitting on a bench. She was holding a clipboard, and I could see that she was speaking with people as they entered the mall. Great, I though, some sort of survey, and I busied myself with pushing the “both kids stroller” (as Little Sister calls it).
There were a couple of women walking in together just ahead of us. I heard one of them tell the women with the clipboard “No, I don’t have time” as she walked through the doors. (She did not appear to actually be in a hurry, nor did she appear to be on her way to work at the mall, since she had a companion with her.)
The woman with the clipboard did get close enough to ask me her question.
“Are you registered to vote?”
What?! That other woman isn’t registered to vote, and doesn’t have time to register to vote?
“Yes, I am,” I told the woman with the clipboard. “And if I weren’t, I would have time to.”
Folks, please – regardless of your political viewpoints – PLEASE register to vote. And then vote. It’s your right and, some say, your responsibility.*
(And if you don’t vote, I don’t want to hear you complaining after the election.)