In case you have been living under a rock, or outside America, today is the midterm election day in America. And it is a big, BIG deal.
Many feel like they were blindsided in 2016 when Donald Trump became the 45th President against so many of the poll predictions. This year, in the midterm race, everyone is feeling extra cautious about their predictions, none more so than the media. But they are also feeling very fired up. One thing for sure is that records will be broken as millions of Americans get out the vote and exercise their democratic right to vote. Already more than 31 million have cast their ballots in early voting around the country. It is also set to be one of the most expensive elections ever with more than $5 billion spent so far.
I’m not voting.
Not because I don’t want to, but the law does not allow me, as a permanent resident, to vote in federal elections. But believe me, I would be taking my sharpened pencil early to the booth if I could. I have my reasons to renew my permanent residency over applying for citizenship, but it is days like today that I wish I could have my say.
Nevertheless, I am pulling for all of my friends, colleagues, and acquaintances who have worked tirelessly over the past year or more, putting their names on the ballots, campaigning, door knocking, talking to voters, talking and talking and talking. I am proud to know so many who are willing to put themselves out there and promise to serve us, the public.
I don’t think I am being hyperbolic when I say that this has been one of the ugliest and most contentious elections ever. It has been alarmist, nasty and at times, very personal. It has been loud. Both sides have felt the need to turn up the rhetorical volume in order to be heard, which has, no doubt, made candidates feel uncomfortable at times.
Analysts, pollsters, journalists, political scientists, and commentators are analyzing every detail, every word from candidates and voters to try to predict who will win various races for Governors, for Congress and the Senate. It is also clear that this year there are many first time voters who have been driven to the booth by the polarized state of the nation.
So, while the Melbourne Cup is the race that stops the nation in Australia runs on the first Tuesday in November, the race that could change the nation in America is also being run today. Go vote, if you can.
And remember, whatever the outcome today, Presidential election campaigning starts tomorrow.