To vote or not to vote?
November 7, 2006 7:08 AM Subscribe
Do I keep my plans with a friend this evening or go home to vote?
posted by youngergirl44 to Society & Culture (44 answers total)
I've never voted before and I'm 23. I've lived in Chicago for about a year and a half and one of the first things I did when I moved was register to vote. I've been paying lots of attention to the races in my district and I feel informed about who to vote for. This is the first time I've been excited about voting.
My plan was to get up early this morning and vote before making my commute from the city to my job in the suburbs. This didn't happen, so I quickly checked online when the polling places close - 7:00 p.m. I just decided that I would leave work with enough time to commute home and vote before they close.
About 45 minutes into my commute, I remembered that I had made plans with a woman I work with for dinner and a "Stamping Up" party tonight. The party is also in the suburbs, but further away from my polling place than my workplace is. There's no way I could go home to vote and then come back to the suburbs in time for the party.
So do I just go home after work and cast my vote, cancelling my plans for dinner and the party? Or do I hold my previous engagement and skip voting in this election? Half of me says my one vote may not make a difference, but the other half says that if everyone thought that way it would make a huge difference. I feel very conflicted!
(Maybe I should also add that I just told my friend that I might go home and vote. Her response was, "Who the hell cares?") :(