Monday, June 4, 2018

The Primaries

Ninety-nine years ago, women in America won the right to vote. Tomorrow in New Jersey is primary day. We’re choosing candidates for the Senate, the US House of Representatives, and county and local officials.

Other states have held primaries within the past few weeks, and there are more to come leading up to midterm elections in November.

The Princess is now old enough to vote and she asked me whom she should vote for. That choice is up to her. It’s an important choice—one that our grandmothers and great-grandmothers fought for—and I’m not going to tell her what to do. I’ve talked about important issues and where candidates stand on them. We’ve discussed campaign practices, such positive and negative ad campaigns. But ultimately, the choice is hers.

Every election is important and has long-lasting effects. Voting is a right and a privilege. While I might have very specific opinions on who or what to vote for, ultimately, the most important thing is that our elected officials represent us. That’s not possible unless we actually get out there and vote.

So tomorrow, or next week or in November, get out there and vote. I don’t care who you vote for, just do it. Because losing that right is too horrible to contemplate.

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