While some are choosing to stay mum on personal matters until after the Nov. 2nd elections, I'd like to take this moment to share my dirty little secret. I've been volunteering on Lisa Murkowski's write-in campaign, helping get the Juneau headquarters up and running, participating in literature drops, distributing signs, bumper stickers, pins, papers and these great new rubber bracelets; but, I didn't vote in the primary elections and I won't be voting in the upcoming elections. In fact, I'm not even a registered voter.
The truth is; I am a green-card-holding resident alien of the United States of America. I have up until now been a complacent, apathetic resident of this great state of Alaska; paying my taxes, going to college, working hard and generally having a great time, but never feeling any need or desire to get involved in politics or seek permanent citizenship because it was just easier that way. That changed the day that I had my son and all of a sudden the future does matter; my rights, his rights, our rights and the future of this state matter to me on his behalf. I was shocked as I watched the elections unfold Sept. 24 and desperately wanted a voice in what took place. When Murkowski decided to run the write-in campaign I knew this was my opportunity to get active and advocate the importance or keeping our seniority in the U.S. Senate. Murkowski is currently the ranking member on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee; she is the senior member on the Indian Affairs Committee, as well as a member of the Appropriations Committee and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions this means she can do great things for Alaska and we can't afford for our young state to lose that seniority. Outside of volunteering my time to help educate people to, "Fill it in, write it in," I have been seeking my U.S. citizenship so the next time elections roll around I won't be left feeling sheepish.
I don't think I have a better reason for missing the vote than anyone else, but I hope anyone and everyone who is eligible to have their vote count will make the most of it and take that opportunity to be heard Nov. 2.
It's your Alaska, my Alaska and my son's Alaska. Let's make history.