A few days ago in seminary, I was talking to the class about choosing leaders and influencing laws, and I mentioned the voting process. Since none of them are eighteen yet, they’ve never voted and likely only have a high-level understanding of the process. I brought my mail-in ballots, as well as the booklets sent by the county and the city that explain the ballot measures.
They were astounded. “You read all of that?” The booklets are probably around 80 pages in total, and of course there’s a heavy dose of dense legal language. Yep, I read all of that. It’s important to be an informed and educated voter, right?
Anyway, the discussion reminded me of the importance of understanding the power we have as a people, and exercising that power. I’m frequently frustrated or disappointed in our government, but I do my part.