Today, for the first time in my life, I will be voting in person. Since the very first election in which I was eligible to vote, I have always voted absentee. My ballot came in the mail, an official looking document wrapped in several layers of brown envelopes. I checked the boxes and sent the ballot back. After a lifetime of military absentee voting, today I will be standing in line (and I will stand there no matter how long it takes) and finding out whether I pull a lever or punch a button or whatever. I truly have no idea. And I'm looking forward to it!

Voting is an amazing right we have in this country. Exercising it should be a top priority. It's easy to think your vote doesn't count, but it does. One way or another, it does. And remember, if you don't vote, you really shouldn't complain about how things turn out if you don't like the result. So go make sure your voice is heard!