Monday, February 17, 2020

Time to vote! Plus quick links to register and learn more about candidates

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Line outside an early voter site in Reno on 2/17/20

This week's post focuses on spiritual, mental, and physical health...

The State of Nevada is up next in the presidential primaries. I’m excited—especially as Nevada is a state that caucuses. Unfortunately, I’ll be out of town on the actual day so I voted tonight. It was great to see hordes of people—the wait was over 1.5 hours long with temperatures in the 40s and the atmosphere was festive and jovial. Ranking candidates rather than voting for just one was a positive experience.  Plus being the third primary in this country makes me feel like my vote really can shape the future.

This week I’m devoting this space to encouraging voter registration, being informed about the  choices, and actually getting out there and making our voices heard. I was talking to my millennial daughter this week about voting, and it was great to hear her passion and  interest in this basic right. I remember in my early 20’s voting didn’t seem nearly as important as it does now. I think today’s 20 somethings will be dedicated voters for life.

So first step is to register. Are you registered? If so, terrific. If not, please click here  for information on how to register. And remember, if you’ve moved you must re-register at your new address. I was surprised that a person could actually register on the spot in Nevada.

Second, find information on candidates. One great way to learn about what a candidate believes is to go to their web sites. Here are some of the pages from presidential hopefuls listed in alphabetical order with links to the vision/issues/policies statements if possible to save you time and cut through the endless screens of "donate now" pop ups. Just click on the name below to learn more about that candidate's positions: 

We can also look to news sources that we trust and see which candidates gained their endorsement. Another option is to look to the organizations whose causes we believe in and see which candidates they are endorsing. For example this week the endorsement by the Nevada Culinary Union was highly anticipated and coveted, but in the end they decided not to endorse a particular candidate.

And lastly, we must take that final step and make the effort to get out and vote. Yes, Reno’s early voting lines are long and the caucus is even longer, but it is the price we pay for being part of shaping our country’s future. If we do not make the effort to vote, we really have no right to complain about whatever course things take. And in the end, regardless of outcome, knowing that we did all that was with in our power to shape our country's future is in fact a matter of spiritual,  physical and  mental health.

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