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 and California native living in the Santa Barbara area. She has been researching her own family for almost three decades, and providing research services to others for about 8 years.

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