November 4th is fast approaching and I encourage you to remember to vote. Know that it will take some time, but it's worth it.
As I am on the road again this week, I realized that I would have to vote early since I would not be in Chicago on November 4th. The city had early voting places last week and so I went down to the polling place. I was feeling quite excited as I took the escalator downstairs. When I arrived there were so many people in line it was impossible to tell where the line began and ended. Luckily, there were five to six line managers to show us where the end of the line was. It curled around several times and had many breaks as doors could not be blocked. We were told that it takes 45 minutes to an hour to get to the voting booths and they were right. That's exactly how long it took.
Interestingly, no one seemed to mind. Like me, they said "I don't care how long it takes, I'm here now and I'm going to vote!" I struck up a conversation with some line mates and in no time at all was in the room with the voting booths. There were over 50 voting booths in the room and countless workers behind the tables verifying our identity, checking our IDs and providing instructions on how the procedure works.
Once in the booth my voting went smoothly, quickly and easily. As I departed, I was glad I remembered that I would be in Ohio this week because I would have been broken hearted to miss the opportunity to vote.
So, now it's your turn. Get out there on Tuesday and VOTE!