Happy Election Day!

I normally don’t discuss politics here on Little Bytes of Life, but I couldn’t let today go by without stopping for a moment to say thank you to my ancestors who fought for our right to choose the people who govern us.

So, thank you to my ancestors Burwell Blanton, Leroy Taylor, William Hughes, Henricus Stonecipher, Shadrack Hale, and William Caul. And thanks also to my husband’s ancestors Isham Lane, Simon Herring, Jr., and William Underhill. We appreciate your sacrifices, and know that freedom isn’t – and wasn’t – free.

As for me, I hand-carried my absentee ballot into the polling place this afternoon. I’m almost glad that I didn’t mail it because I had the chance to take my daughter with me to see what voting is all about in person. She’s too young to understand what’s going on, of course, but the more she’s exposed to it, the more she will realize just how important it is. Plus, she really liked getting an “I Voted” sticker.

After tonight’s rocket launch, I’ll be settling in for a long (or short?) night of watching election returns on TV. How about you?

Your opinion really does matter, so get out there and vote (it’s not too late here in California)!

Copyright © by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a professional genealogist, writer, and consultant. Likes: long walks in the cemetery, and the smell of old courthouse books. Dislikes: people who copy stuff off the internet without giving credit, and county clerks who can't tell the difference between Eastern and Pacific time zones. Secretly hopes her daughter will one day develop an interest in family history (but no luck so far).

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2 Comments

  1. Any suffragettes in your family?

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  2. Not that I’m aware of, True. If there were any suffragettes in my family, no one has ever talked about them, nor have I found any evidence of them. I’m pretty sure that if I’d been alive at that time in history, I would have been marching with a “votes for women” sign, though!

    How about you? Any suffragettes in your family tree?

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