Judging by my Facebook feed this morning, I’m pretty sure just about everyone I know has voted or intends to vote today. Still, state and national estimates say we won’t be hitting the polls in impressive numbers today, so when someone chooses to exercise his or her right to vote, I think it’s something to celebrate.
I drove around my west quadrant of #lovelansing and settled on the polling station at the Letts Community Center. I parked a little off to the side, but not too far away as to appear suspicious. Just a minute after I parked, a woman pulled into the lot and sat in her car for a bit. I watched her struggle to get a large stroller out of her trunk, open it up, unbuckle her small child from a car seat and get him/her situated in the stroller.
I was beside myself with excitement: I’d already honed in on her as my target before I knew she had a toddler — and I’d brought along an American flag-covered pinwheel to leave behind. I was thrilled it was going to wind up in the tot’s hands.
After she headed into the building, I waited for a couple of other parking lot stragglers to go on their way, hopped out of my car, left her a note, a Lansing Ninja card and the pinwheel.
So, how about it, Lansing: Did you vote today? Democracy rocks!