This past Tuesday we had our November 4th elections. It never ceases to amaze me how much anxiety, anger, disappointment, uncertainty, fear, hopelessness and what not, come up for people during this time. I myself voted, and decided to really do serious research on who and what I was voting for. I hate to say this but in the past, I voted haphazardly and went with whose name I heard the most and voted on measures and initiatives with little to no background understanding. For some reason, I took this election a little more seriously and I expected everyone else to too. I called folks that were closest to me, my elders and family and they reluctantly expressed that they didn't vote. I was shocked but could understand the reason for not wanting to, give the state of our corrupt government. One elder in particular mentioned, "Why should I vote? Do our votes even count? Can we trust our government to really tally those votes and apply them where they need to be?" She was a Black woman born in the 50's, and her distrust for the government was completely understandable. So I went to my social media outlet (my addiction) and asked folks I trusted how would they respond to this. Here's one response...

"You know DeAngela, sometimes I think we conclude that if our candidate, or ballot measure loses, then our vote didn't matter. One thing for sure, if they don't vote their vote will not count. I don't always vote for judges and there are propositions that I'm sometimes indifferent to. However I can directly recall when the three strikes law was voted on, I remember the juvenile offender laws. Even if you don't vote for a candidate, there is usually a local state/city/county ballot measure, school board members, etc. Who needs your vote. Those things are decided sometimes by less than a hundred votes. The implications of local politics is always important. I would encourage those people to at least vote locally. Also, even close losses have huge future implications. I hate hearing that the folks who fought for is to vote, now feel disenfranchised. Even more of a reason to be civically and politically engaged."

Good Response?