Today, I'm going to take a moment to brag a bit and go on a soapbox . Since I turned 18, I have voted in every single election (local, state and national) and Yes, I voted today!

This morning I spoke with several friends who told they were not going to vote because it wasn't worth their time and because they didn't think their single vote would matter. Upon hearing that from three friends today I got so angry. Then, I was asked why I vote and my answers were simple:

  • I vote because it is my right, and many have fought for and given their lives for our right to do. To squander away  this privilege would be an insult to them
  • I vote so that I have the right to complain and or criticize when a law is passed or a policy is put into place that I don't like. If you don't vote, that you are part of the problem and so in my mind you do not have the right to complain
  • I vote to have my voice heard

For those who don't vote in smaller elections, you really should. Depending on where you live, today's election will effect who will go on to be candidates you will vote into office in November's General election, whether the sales taxes you pay in your town or county will permanently go up, along with other issues that directly affect your bottom line and pocket book

Mark Charvat 'selfie' after voting on Tuesday (Ignore the double Selfie Chin)

The polls are open until  7 p.m. If you’re in line when the polls close, you will be allowed to vote. Voting is simple and takes just a couple minutes. Once you arrive, you will be asked to state your name and address, and sign your name. Voters are not required to bring their IDs, but it’s handy to have just in case someone challenges who you are.

If you are not sure whether you are registered or not,  or where your polling place is located, visit elections.il.gov.

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VOTE!