Why I Will Vote: Election Day Reflections From a Mother, Educator & American by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

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12 days ago
Why I Will Vote: Election Day Reflections From a Mother, Educator & American

Everyone has a special “Election Day outfit,” right? I guess I take this pretty seriously. Today...

  • I will vote with gratitude, with the knowledge that women were beaten, tortured and killed fighting for my right to do so.
  • I will vote as a mother who can’t begin to imagine the thought of my baby being ripped from my arms as I entered the country that represented a better life for him.
  • I will vote as an educator who is blessed to teach at a university rich with diverse and brilliant students, including Dreamers.
  • I will vote as a patient who couldn’t possibly afford the medications and surgeries she’s needed over the years without health insurance, and who wants affordable health care for everyone.
  • I will vote as a descendant of immigrants (aren’t we all?).
  • I will vote as a woman who believes that women’s rights are human rights.
  • I will vote as a human being who believes that as humans we all deserve basic human rights and compassion.
  • I will vote out those who stand for hatred and bigotry, and vote in those who stand for unity, inclusion and equity.

I hope you’ll join me in making a difference in this historic election. I know that when my kids and grandkids ask me how I voted, I will want to feel good about my vote, and I will want them to feel good about my vote.

What did you vote for today?

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Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
I could not love this any more, Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead . Thank you so much for sharing, and for voting with your big heart. Thank you for encouraging everyone to make their voice heard! #yourvotematters
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
Thank you for your kind words, Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds . EVERY vote matters, as we are seeing!
Nancy Dafoe
Ann Marie, I love you and your writing. Awesome message.

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