I just finished completing my mail-in ballot a couple of hours ago. I remember when I was younger, I had two dreams: I wanted to be able to legally drive and vote. When I finally turned 18 last year, the 2008 elections were just barely beginning. I wanted to make sure I made the right decision, so I sat out of the primaries by not declaring my allegiance to any party. Fast forward to earlier today. Sitting down to cast my ballot, I knew I was going to vote Obama and I was pretty sure of what I wanted to see happen with the amendments and referendums. However, what I was met with was not the romanticized story I had heard about voting growing up; what I found was a demon.
I had generally remembered the commercials on TV, so I had an idea of what each amendment was about (at least that’s what I thought). Every line I had to reread more than once. Determined not to have my voice ignored, I tried to cast a vote on everything. Now, instead of feeling patriotic and heroic, I feel evil and scared. Have I just sentenced Colorado to suffer for many years to come? I call out to everyone, whether they are liberal, conservative, or something else; do not let someone else become your voice. Vote with your brain, and if that fails, vote with your heart. We have been given one of the most important responsibilities of our lives. We are no longer the future; we are officially the present.
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