I have voted in every election since I turned 18. I still remember the very first time I voted. I clutched my "Susie Sunflower's Guide to Voting in Kansas" pamphlet and went to the polls with my father. He told me who to vote for in all of the small local races and I remember voting the exact opposite just to spite him. Years later, after his death, I learned that my father was a Republican. So, in 1986, I voted straight Democrat for the first time in my life. I used to take pride in voting and enjoyed the excitement of Election Day but, in recent years, Election Day has been a disappointment. I am beginning to think that Susie Sunflower lied to me when she said that my vote counted. Maybe I am getting older and am no longer naive when it comes to party politics in this country. Maybe I am tired of voting for the person who is least dangerous instead of voting for the person who truly represents my values. Maybe I am tired of close elections in which there are so many allegations of people being denied their right to vote. Maybe I am tired of conspiracy theories. More than anything, though, I think I am just plain tired of my candidates losing.
I am waiting for my faith in the system to be renewed. Will today be the day?