I Voted

Today is the primary in Indiana and North Carolina. Record numbers of crowds turned out for early voting at the library last week. Normally I vote during early voting, but this year is different. This year I am an undecided voter.

Registered as unaffiliated, I get to choose which primary I vote in. It’s a toss up this year. The Republican candidate is pretty much already a given, and I am all for both of the Democratic front runners. Part of me feels it really doesn’t matter. It’s just a primary.

But something happened on the way to work this morning. I thought about all the women who came before me who fought so hard for our right to vote. Would I be doing them a disservice by not voting? Does apathy ever result in anything good?

I turned my car around and drove to my precinct. The parking lot was full, but I went in anyway. I knew that if I did not go first thing this morning I would keep finding an excuse not to do it. I only waited in line for about 15 minutes. While I was waiting I reflected on the excitement I felt when I turned 18 and registered to vote and felt even more so the first election I voted in.

I quickly but carefully cast my ballot and silently gave thanks to the many volunteers who work at precincts around the country.

To all my friends in Indiana and North Carolina, please go out and vote today!

About Lori Reed

Lori Reed, coauthor of Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Non-Profit Trainers, is a learning and communication strategist with more than twenty years experience in learning and development. A 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and a 2010 "One to Watch" for paralibrarians, Lori graduated cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Lori is a certified Synchronous Learning Expert and a North Carolina Master Trainer and has traveled across North America speaking about libraries and training.


  1. I have to point out that voting in a primary is equally, if not more, important than voting in the General Election. Primaries determine who gets on the ballot! Thank about that for a bit….. PE

  2. rock on, lori! good for you for turning the car around.

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