Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Day 65: Civic Duty

On Day 65, the thing I had never done before was vote in Atlanta's special election for Mayor.

Definitely not the first time I've ever voted, but the first time I came back to vote after Election day.

Not very exciting, but I did my civic duty and let my voice be heard.

I think I was in denial for a while that I was actually a city of Atlanta, but this is where I work, where I play and where I pay taxes. It made sense that I should take a stand about who represents me as mayor. It's on the local level, I believe, that decisions made really have the potential to affect me.

The mayoral race between Mary Norwood and Kasim Reed was hotly contested. After the runoff, less than a thousand votes separated the two candidates, forcing a recount. Kasim Reed was eventually declared the winner.

I never feel more proud to be an American than when exercising my right to vote. I wish more than just 22% of registered Atlanta voters had joined me.

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