Posted by: balladofyoko | November 4, 2008


2000 was my first presidential election year in which I was eligible to vote. The right to vote was not automatically granted to me when I turned 21, even though I was living in the United States then. I became a naturalized citizen just two years before Y2K. I passed the citizenship test, and earned the privilege to vote.

I have voted every year since I became an American citizen, not just for presidential elections. I don’t take my right for granted. I don’t know whether my vote counts for much (I know you will say that it does, but I remain skeptical), but I am glad to be allowed to exercise my privilege.


  1. Congrats! Sad to see you off twitter, though, but there is always “schmutz in the chalice of joy” as we say. :\

  2. I’m so glad to read words like that. “I don’t take my right for granted”.

    It is sad that a lot of people, who have a choice, decide to give it up. I wonder if the guilt trip associated with not voting (which has worked a bit in Mexico) could be imported.

    Sad not seeing you in twitter either…what happened? :-(


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