For me voting is a responsibility. Election Day was a few days ago and some people did not consider this an important election because it is an off-year election. However, even in off-year elections persons elected will be making important decisions affecting the lives of those they represent.
As I have done since reaching voting age, I voted. For the last five or six years I have been away from my voting precinct on Election Day. I, therefore, make arrangements to vote absentee. My vote is as important as any other person. As an African American woman I recognize the hard work of my ancestors who struggled to make sure my right to vote was not denied. My failure to exercise that right would be an abomination to those who fought and died in the struggle.
Frequently I reflect on the days growing up on a small farm in Virginia and witnessing my parents around election time. My mother, an educated woman not only voted but worked at the polls on Election Day. On a regular basis she worked with those organizations that fought to protect the voting rights of all citizens. My father was not an educated man. He could not read or write but on Election Day he always made his “X” on the ballot. He knew the importance of making his mark.
Whatever your status in life examine your participation in the election process. If you have always voted, continue to do so even when making the choice is difficult. If, however, you have never voted or for some reason stopped exercising your right to do so, get back on track and get involved.
Make sure your mark is felt.
Causes Lillian Lambert Supports
American Cancer Society, American Heart Assn, Howard Universit, Impact 100 of Richmond