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Why I Vote…So Many Reasons As a Mom

Why I Vote…So Many Reasons As a Mom via Babble

No matter where you go for the next few weeks, you will hear about the upcoming election. As a parent, I am trying my best to discuss the ins and outs with my kids about the issues, the process, and what exactly is going on. I always like to tune into the Nickelodeon special “Kids Pick The President” with the younger ones because that show presents the candidates in a kid-friendly and relatable way.

Since each of my kids were very young, they remember me voting on Election Day. In fact, at various times, I have taken each one of them into the voting booth with me. In the last Presidential election, I let my then 5-year-old son press the lever. He was so excited to help.

Later that night, we watched the returns with bated breath. My older girls put off their bedtime to watch the news coverage until the winner was announced.

So when I learned that First Lady Michele Obama was teaming up with Babble, to say I was thrilled would be a huge understatement.  Read all about it here.

This year it is more important than ever that we all learn about the candidates, make an informed decision (our own decision- not blindly follow a party line) and vote. Most of us know it’s vital that we vote but why do we? Here are the reasons why I vote:

 

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  • I am a woman 1 of 8
    I am a woman
    …raising two girls and doing my best to be an example. We only received the right to vote less than 100 years ago, a right and a privilege that my grandmother did not have as a young woman. I take it very seriously.
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  • I am a mother 2 of 8
    I am a mother
    No, I can't change the big issues that affect millions of children with my one vote, but I can use it to stand up against the way children's rights are largely ignored in our country.
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  • I have two daughters 3 of 8
    I have two daughters
    And I have a duty to try to elect a President who values women: their rights, their health, and their humanity.
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  • I also have a son 4 of 8
    I also have a son
    who should be able to look up to a strong male leader who works his hardest to do things right, is honest and kind.
    Image: A. Sullivan
  • To make the best choice 5 of 8
    To make the best choice
    To me there is clearly one candidate who strives to help all people…the rich and the poor, the young and the old, the sick and the healthy …to have better lives.
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  • Every vote counts 6 of 8
    Every vote counts
    Even if we think our one little vote is insignificant, we are wrong. It is only together that we can help choose the better candidate.
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  • It has nothing to do with politics or parties for me 7 of 8
    It has nothing to do with politics or parties for me
    It is all about picking a person who will fight for the common good and what is right, period. His political sides are of no consequence. If President Obama was an independent or even a Republican, I'd still vote for him.
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  • This quote 8 of 8
    This quote
    ‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men (and women) do nothing.'
    That says it all.
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What inspires you to vote?

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