Nov 6, 201208:51 AM
Uptown Life

Lifestyles, Galas and Gaiety from St. Charles Avenue Magazine's Morgan Packard

Get Out There and Vote!

“I would love it if this became the era of shrugging, cardigan-wearing reasonable people.” – Caitlin Moran, from an interview with The Hairpin

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OK, so I didn’t get a sticker, but I was at my polling station when they rolled up the metal doors at 6 a.m. (I get to vote in a firehouse, which has the added bonus of firefighters). I was more than 50 people back, but the lines moved quickly, especially when one of the officials (she may have actually been a scrutineer – what a fun term) announced that there were actually six precincts voting in the same location and separated us out.

I had a cup of coffee in my hand at 6:32 a.m.

I’m the least likely person to discuss politics in polite company – and in my opinion, all company should be polite. I even outlawed the discussion of politics during dinner parties in my home after one conversation between friends with different, but strong, beliefs ended in tears.

Debate is good – it’s healthy, and hearing differing viewpoints can strengthen and educate one’s own stance – as long as it’s done in a respectful fashion.

I believe that your beliefs are important.

I believe that every citizen has the right to vote based on his/her own beliefs.

I also believe that your beliefs are private unless you choose to publicize them, and that you shouldn’t be the subject of hate-filled comments because of them.

Look, there are some very hot and important issues on ballots today all across the United States – not to mention the nine Louisiana constitutional amendments – that deserve individual attention and consideration.

It’s not my business how you vote; vote based on your considered and educated beliefs. We live in a democracy, and the way that we live – how we conduct our lives and the freedoms that we treasure – are up for your vote today.

So, as Nike would say, just do it.

Place your vote and, hopefully, get a sticker.

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Lifestyles, Galas and Gaiety from St. Charles Avenue Magazine's Morgan Packard

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Morgan Packard may not be a native New Orleanian, but with every passing day New Orleans becomes more her home. Attending Newcomb College and gaining her masters from Tulane University, Packard immersed herself in the culture and peculiarities of the Big Easy, the culmination of which was reached when she joined the staff of Renaissance Publishing in May 2006. You can reach Morgan at (504) 830-7227 or morgan@myneworleans.com.

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