It is that time of year again when the political signs have popped up and there is a buzz about the town as to which candidate would be the best one for the job. It is not hunting season, football season, or even baseball season—it is campaign season! And our civic duty to vote is right around the corner. As an American citizen it is a privilege and a right to cast your vote to make your voice in government heard.
Citizenship is one of the pillars in which the 4-H program was established. We do not teach what party to be a part of, who to vote for or what to believe. However, we do teach the importance of doing your part, showing good citizenship, and casting your vote. As a parent, you can do your part to help educate your children on a great life lesson on the importance of voting.
I remember as a little girl going to the Pinetta Community Center with my mom to vote. It was a big deal! We would go in and she would hand them her voter’s registration card. She would then sign a book where her name was printed. The folks would hand her a ballot and we would enter the voting booth closing the curtain behind us. I remember watching her make her decisions on who to vote for and she told me not to talk about who “we” voted for. I realize now that she was quietly making her voice heard by casting that ballot.
Technology has definitely changed how we cast our ballots! Our civic duty and responsibility to vote has not changed!
Teach your children the importance of voting and take them to the polls so they can have that experience!