I don’t remember the first election I voted in.
Dave asked me that question one day, but I couldn’t come up with either the candidates or the year.
Being much more history- and civic-minded than me, he can cite all kinds of details about the issues of an era and what each candidate stood for at any given time.
Not so much.
After I stepped out of Mr. Lamatrice’s government class in my senior year of high school, I didn’t give the political process much thought for many years.
It’s only been later in life that I became interested in political affairs and understanding exactly what my vote for any given candidate or issue would mean if it had an impact when tallied with all the rest.
That’s why I now take the time to conduct research prior to filling out my ballot.
And why I drove to the Supervisor of Elections office last week to deposit my signed and sealed mail-in ballot directly into the secure drop-off box waiting for me there.
Doing so brought tears to my eyes as I watched people from all walks of life file into the building to cast their votes early, or do the very same thing I did and drop their envelopes into that slot.
One of the things I know from working so many years with individuals at end of life is that death is the great equalizer.
That old saying that “You can’t take it with you” certainly applies—since everyone faces their final moment on this earth equally, and what ultimately matters then is whether we have a relationship with Jesus.
Of course, the status of our relationships matter too, in terms of experiencing peace during that final time.
But no matter what level of prosperity, social status, or education we may or may not have, we’ll all face that final moment on this earth.
I know it might seem a bit of a leap, but that’s what I was thinking about when I watched all those people embracing the privilege we have in this country to cast an equal vote.
That’s what our democracy is all about and one of the many reasons I love this country.
Because it doesn’t matter who you are or your station in life—in America, voting is also a great equalizer.
As a result of the many who have sacrificed so much to make it possible, it’s We the People who get to decide.
And for that, I am grateful.
Feature photo by Jordan Rowland on Unsplash.