Hello Miles. Thank you for this question that is so significant. Our National election is just days away and people are both excited and anxious about how this election will turn out. I’m told there have been long lines outside of the early voting locations downtown Toledo and across our Community for the last several days as people are exercising their Constitutional right to Vote. The first official Presidential election was held from December 15, 1788 to January 10, 1789. Isn’t that something? This was the first and only U.S. Presidential election that spanned two calendar years. Of course we all know from history that General George Washington at the age of 57 was elected for the first of his two terms as President and John Adams became our first Vice-President.   

But now on to your question about voting  What does it mean to Vote anyway? To cast a Vote is a formal indication of a choice between two or more candidates or courses of action, expressed typically through a ballot or a show of hands or by voice. I like that official definition, don’t you? Our Vote is a formal indication of a choice of a candidate or course of action. That says it all. What candidate do you prefer and why?  What course of action do you believe in most? These are questions that we should all ask ourselves before casting a ballot.  

Your Vote does count.  Each and every Vote in America is significant, important and vital whether it’s the first time voter at age 18 or a citizen of any age.  Here are some reasons why Voting is important:  

  • Not Voting is giving up your voice
  • In Voting you share your opinion about issues that matter to you
  • Its’ your money….you pay taxes and voting is your opportunity to choose how those dollars are spent
  • You are honoring those who gave their lives to defend your right to Vote

If you’re not sure where to vote log onto the website for the Ohio Secretary of State, put in your zip code and your voting location will pop up.  Access the info at sos.state.oh.us or by calling 877-767-6446.  

These words from 1960 spoken by our youngest President sum it all up; “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer.  Let us not seek to fix blame for the past. Let us instead accept responsibility for the future.”  Good luck and God’s speed to each and every American Voter.    

Dr. Stephen Lowell Swisher