“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.”

– Samuel Adams

Go vote today, if you haven’t already.  You’re executing one of the most solemn trusts and duties you have, and exercising one of your most precious rights.

I relish the opportunity to vote.  After a long season of yelling, arguing, and debating, it is an empowering thing to step into the relative quiet privacy of the voting booth, and exercise your precious freedom to vote for what you believe in.

We were one of the first nations to have a system that allowed balance and shifts, changes of power from one ideology to another without war and bloodshed.  It’s an incredible system, and you should take part.

Don’t let anything stop you from voting.  Except rules.  You have to register ahead of time to vote, and if you haven’t done that, you’re out of luck for this time around.

A couple of things that might be helpful (if you live in NC):

– Know before you go
There are plenty of resources for you to find out who/what all you’ll be voting on.  Everyone knows president, but not everyone knows who’s on the ballot for County Commissioner.  NC Board of Elections is a great resource.  Additionally, if you simply Google “where do I vote?” you get an option to input your address.  Google will tell you your polling place and which races you’ll be voting on.

– No ID needed
Like it or not, you can vote in North Carolina without any form of ID.  Just tell them your address, sign to affirm you are who you say you are, and you’re home free.

– Straight-party voters beware
In North Carolina, you can vote a “straight-party ticket” for all Republicans or all Democrats, no matter the race.  Be aware, this straight-party designation does not include a vote for the president, judicial races, or any bond referenda and other items on the ballot.

A straight-party designation will NOT invalidate your choices for those races, it simply won’t cast a vote for them.  So make sure you vote specifically for the president, judges, and other issues.

Go enjoy your incredible right to vote today, and say a prayer of thanks for those who died to give it to you.