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I Registered to Vote
Over the weekend I registered to vote.
I have to admit that I haven’t voted for most of my life. I felt like there was no point. I didn’t feel strongly one way or another about the candidates or the issues.
But something changed for me this year. It was both an internal change of feeling more like a citizen and also feeling like there are things going on in the world now that I want to change.
If you have been voting, thank you. Please continue.
If, like me, you haven’t been voting, please do.
I didn’t know how to register, so I went online and just typed in “Voter Registration California” and a page came right up where I could register online to vote by mail. I can even track my ballot to make sure it got counted.
Part of what made me decide to do this was a sign I first saw at the library and now am seeing in store windows around town: Your Vote is Your Voice. I hadn’t really thought of it that way before, but that’s exactly what my vote is. It’s a representation of me standing there raising my hand and saying, “Yes.” And it’s the sum total of all of us who say yes that elects the men and women who represent us.
So if you aren’t yet registered, please register and please vote. All our voices need to be heard. Each and every one.
This is, after all, government of the people, by the people, and for the people. We are the ones who create our government with our vote.
DEBRA REDALIA, Co-Founder of Lifely, has been researching and writing about lifestlye topics for more than forty years. After her first book on nontoxic consumer products was published in 1984, she went on to be the leader in this field as Debra Lynn Dadd. In June 2019, she retired from writing about toxics and industrial consumer products to establish The Lifely Group with her llifepartner and soulmate Larry Redalia. This next step into life beyond industrialization is the result of a lifetime of research and making lifely changes in her own life that have given her greater health and happiness.