Thank You for Voting…

To all of my friends in the United States who took the time to vote in this election, THANK YOU. Thank you for participating. Honestly, I do not care who you voted for, as long as you voted. The election process is all about making our voices heard.

For those of you that didn’t vote? Your excuse sucks. Sorry, but it does. Really.

Living in Texas, people just assume that the state will go to the Republican candidate. That wasn’t always the case, Texas was a Democratic state until the 1960s, and I predict it will be a swing state by 2020. I could be totally wrong, but looking at the election results for 2012 and the House of Representatives, all border counties and the largest cities in Texas (Houston, Austin, Dallas) went Democrat. Houston is currently the 4th largest city in the nation, and is predicted to grow according to the census. I live on a blue island in a red state.

But this graphic on the Chronicle site was the one that really blew me away. Don’t ever tell me that your vote doesn’t matter. 1055 out of 1064 precincts, and Obama is winning Harris County (where Houston is) by TWO VOTES. TWO VOTES.

President Obama is leading in Harris County by TWO VOTES

That difference represents the people who said, “I don’t have to go vote for Romney, he will win Texas.” and the people who said, “I don’t need to bother voting for Obama, Romney will win Texas no matter what I do.” That may be the case, those statements may be correct, but what if everyone had voted? What would the results really be?

The system needs reforms. It needs changes. In my personal opinion, the Electoral College needs to be removed. I had people tell me yesterday that then the small states wouldn’t be represented — sure they would. Their people would be represented. I would be represented. Right now? I’m not represented. Even a percentage system would be better than all or nothing. I know the founding fathers didn’t plan it out this way. The founding fathers also didn’t ever anticipate that technology would be what it is today. Times have changed. We have changed.

I also heard on the news last night that an estimated $6 Billion was spent on the campaign. Our education system is a mess, people are homeless, uninsured … and $6 Billion was spent on campaigning. Our priorities are all wrong. This madness needs to stop.

This is our government. For the people, by the people. Our votes are needed. We get to dictate the change. Thank you, truly thank you, for being a part of the process.

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.