Chile is one of 32 countries (+/-) that uses a system of compulsory voting, a governmental mandate that requires all eligible voters to vote or face fines and imprisonment. The United States, on the other hand, has a government that considers participating in elections as a right of citizenship rather than a citizen's civic responsibility. Each and every estadounidense had this luxury to choose whether or not they would like to participate in the Presidential election. Today, we have the choice to prioritize the vote for or against these people who are critical on issues that affect us all: climate change, the economy, education, energy, financial regulation, foreign policy, global trade, health care, housing, immigration, the War, and social issues such as abortion, gay rights, gun control, the death penalty. My father is an immigrant, my great-grandmother's life is dependent on her medical care, my cousins are financially struggling, my sister goes to public school, my best friend is gay, my neighbor is fighting overseas. Yes, I had the right to choose not to vote, but, because of everything that I am passionate about and everyone that I care about, there was simply no reason not to. This is one of the most important elections in my lifetime, I voted because with that vote I contributed to making history. I chose to make my thoughts and opinions matter. Whomever you support, whatever your reasoning, I sincerely hope that you made the right choice too.
Election day lunch
I also chose to eat, because I was hungry... and the food tasted so good.