Having spent a good deal of time around people in A.A., I have heard the phrase: “If what you are doing isn’t working – do something different.” That is what, I believe, the United States did yesterday. We voted to do something different. We, as voters, decided to take back the government and voted for change instead of business as usual. And I am so incredibly THRILLED by the outcome!
I live in North St. Louis County, where I, as a person lacking color, am a minority. North St. Louis County was hit with long lines, faulty equipment and poorly trained election officials (and one who was fired for insisting on two forms of ID to vote according to a news report). I was fortunate that the place I voted was not one with problems. In one area, some folks had to wait 7 hours to vote. The news told the tale of these voters, and folks came from other parts of the city and county to keep people in line, bring them food and water, and keep spirits high. In another area of North St. Louis County, there were machine problems early on in the day, and many folks waited 4 hours to vote. According the the news reports, people started singing to keep their spirits up.
In St. Louis County, 77% of the registered voters voted in this election and in St. Louis City, 71% of registered voters turned out.
Yesterday I saw people expressing joy about being part of the process, instead of feeling like voting was a chore. One friend took the day off from work to volunteer. I heard stories of first time voters and one woman who insisted on voting at the age of 107. I must admit that I got rather teary (to the point of sobbing with joy) about this whole process – which is so NOT me. I felt like one of the “We” in “We The People of the United States.”
Here is to the US community working together for change.