I headed into an early voting centre today to make my vote for the weekend’s state election.
I have had no idea who I would vote for coming into it… I usually had a party that I favoured more than the other, but in recent years, both have proved themselves to be utterly as shit as the other. I spent some of my work shift last night looking up news articles and seeing what the parties were offering, and which appealed to me the most.
I mean, I could have just ticked any box on those pieces of paper… but I truly felt deep down, it wasn’t right. I should properly exercise my right and freedom to vote based on the history and what it took to allow women to vote at all. Not voting would be a form of injustice to those who fought so hard for this common and equal right.
So, I stood. I stared. I was in the poll booth, and while others moved in and out of the booths around me, quickly and easily, I stood there planning my moves…
As much as it may seem an annoyance on the day, it is a privilege to have your say about the direction you want your state to go in, and to have your voice heard.
This is when you can make a stand. This is when you can make a difference.
Make it count. Do a little reading and see what feels right for you, and what doesn’t.
And tick accordingly.
(And if all else fails go for my sure-proof method, and select the least shifty-looking of the candidates… the eyes don’t lie).