Election Day 2010: Where Do I Vote? Are Moms Taking Over the Country?Madeline Holler
Tomorrow is Election Day 2010. Hopefully you’re already registered to vote, or maybe your state has same day registration. If you’re not sure where to vote (if your polling place changes depending on the election, as mine does), here’s a mind-bogglingly easy way to find out.
Go to this version of Google maps, plug in your address and faster than you can slap an I Voted sticker on the baby, you’ve got your location (plus directions). Remember, you can bring the kids, strollers and cheat sheets into the voting booth with you — no sitter required.
Judging from polls, there’s a chance, Mom, that you’re not going to vote. Sad. (So sad!) Because no matter where you are on the political spectrum, the issues — economy, health care, fair pay — directly affect you and the family. If you don’t vote, you can’t complain. (No, that’s actually NOT in the Constitution. Just a rule of thumb.)
Also, if you haven’t noticed, we women with young offspring are not only being courted, but motherhood is suddenly the characteristic to campaign on. Judith Warner writes about this “new momism” for The New York Times. She points out that motherhood and the Mommy Brain are the new biggest asset for every candidate out there (sorry, guys!) — especially for women whose resumes aren’t particularly intimidating — or, in the case of World Wrestling Federation’s Linda MacMahon, are, perhaps, too intimidating? Motherhood is instant cred, instant connection, a direct path to political power.
Okay, maybe not that last woman. Even though everything you’re reading about this year’s election would make it appear women (especially conservative women) are taking over the country, that’s actually not true. Rebecca Traister busts 5 myths about female candidates in the Washington Post.
Rock the baby, rock the vote. Or, well, go VOTE!