Tonight, as I write the blog that you are reading right now, I am so very out of my normal routine. Right now, the State of the Union Address is happening, and I am boycotting so my tv downstairs is on the cooking channel and I am upstairs with Citizen Rose on, but I have my headphones on and listening to music on Spotify. #NotSponsored #CallMe!
Normally I would have been watching the MSNBC and deciding what I should write about, but the chatter all day has been about Trump and his speech. I must admit I am curious to see if he sipped water with both hands or if he is sniffing with each turn between teleprompters, but I am not even going to peek because he doesn’t deserve my attention. He stands for everything I believe is wrong.
A few days ago, I gave a bunch of links at the end of my blog that dealt with voting and contacting those who think they should be running the country and I thought I would add a little more information.
TEXAS FOLKS: In Texas, this is the last week to register to vote if you want to vote in the primary. The last day to register is February 5. The First day of early voting is February 20th and the last day of early voting is March 2nd. The last day to apply for vote by mail ballot is February 23rd. The primary election is on March 6th. Keep in mind, if you have moved in the past year you will need too put in an address change. All the information about voting in Texas is located right here. (LINK)
OTHER FOLKS: You can register to vote at the department of motor vehicles. (Yes, I heard you groan about going to the DMV) You can also register at state and public assistant offices or you can register from home. (that would be my choice) Follow the (LINK) to register.
Once you are registered and before you head out the door to vote, take a moment to see if your state has Voter I.D. Regulations. Make sure to take the proper identification with you or you will have to fill out a provisional ballot and you will have to return with identification to make your vote count.
For first time voters or for information and to be honest, I do this myself. I look at the sample ballot for my county. I go to the county website for my area and see what the ballot looks like. You can even print the ballot and take it with you when you vote. I will even mark who I plan on voting for and this saves time when I am in the voting booth.
Speaking of the voting booth, if you are having issues or are unsure of how to vote don’t hesitate to ask for help. Here in Texas for the first time I used a voting both that was electronic. Where I lived in Florida, I did absentee ballot after I got sick and I kept up with absentee ballot until we lived in Louisiana. When we moved to Texas I did ask for help because the electronic booth confused the heck out of me.
STUDENTS IN COLLEGE: You will have to decide where you will be registered to vote. You cannot be registered at home and where you go to college. (if they aren’t in the same county) Keep in mind that some states will require you to change the address on your drivers license if you are voting where you go to school. Most information about voting while you are in college can be found here. (LINK)
This is the hardest part for me. I have an irrational fear of talking on the phone. I can talk to my husband, my mom and my best friend, but cold calling people gives me fear. However, this administration has put fear in me like nothing else. I have made phone calls to my representatives and senators. I also have contacted them through email and even on twitter. One thing Donald Trump has done right is make it easier to let your thoughts and feelings be known. I don’t hesitate to tweet someone. Heck, one day Trump may block me. 😊
It’s easy to set up a twitter account. You don’t even have to go by your real name. I go by @writergirl007. Tweet at me if you make a twitter account. I will gladly be your twitter pal. Once you have a twitter account, you just search for the person you want to tweet at and then let your thoughts out.
The above links to email your congressman or senator will have their telephone numbers. You can also call the White House Switchboard to leave a message for Donald Trump at 202-456-1414 or leave a message on the comment line at 202-456-1111 during business hours. You can also use an online form to leave a message. (LINK)
When contacting your congressman, senator or Donald Trump, please be polite. You will most likely be leaving a message with someone other than the elected official. Do not hesitate to leave your number or your address if you are asked. You may just hear back from the person you REALLY want to talk too.
I know this one is old fashioned but take the time to write a letter to the people in charge. Our voices are what makes change. The people in Washington really do work for us and it’s time that we get our buck’s worth. Let them know what you want.
Mrs. Hillary Clinton was right about one thing, we are stronger together. All of us together make one heck of a BLUE WAVE that will take over Washington and I am so proud to be part of it. When a Trump supporter calls me a liberal snowflake, I pick up that label and wear it with pride. As a woman I can vote, I can have a credit card, I can buy property and I can live free because of those who came before me and wore labels. I march because of those who marched for me and it’s my turn to march for those who are need. I want to make this world a better place one step at a time, will you join me?
Peace, Love & Kitty Snuggles,