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Monday, February 17, 2020
Time to vote! Plus quick links to register and learn more about candidates
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 thechoices, 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 andinterest 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
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
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.