Vote! Vote! Vote! and #ROW80

"I Voted"
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from Evan Sims

I voted on Monday. Not saying for whom.

Most of my readers are Americans, and we have an important election this week–not just for president, but for state and local offices as well. Remembering that my great-grandmother did not have the right to vote always impresses upon me the significance and privilege of getting to cast a ballot in our nation’s republic.

Sometimes my candidate wins, sometimes not. That’s the way it goes. But even if everyone out there disagreed with my political persuasion, I would encourage them to vote. Because when you can democratically elect your leaders, they should represent the people’s voice.

38.4 percent of eligible voters in the United States did not cast a ballot for president in 2008. C’mon, we can do better than that!

If you haven’t voted already, schedule it for Tuesday. Treat it like your doctor’s appointment or lunch with a good friend or a job interview: You wouldn’t cancel for just any reason or forget. Check out this Honest Voting Ad from to see how easy it is to make excuses.

Be heard. Be represented. Vote.

Editing: SHARING HUNTER, young adult contemporary novel.

  • Complete full rewrite. 3 more chapters marked up.
  • Revise using Margie Lawson’s Deep EDITS system. Finished Margie’s lecture packet.
  • Deliver to beta readers. Waiting for first two.



  • Write two short stories. Revamped one short story.



Non-writing goals

  • Exercise twice a week. Once. And once is not enough.
  • Sort through photos and complete at least one album. (I stopped scrapbooking five years ago, and it’s piled up into a big mess. Moving into digital albums.) Sorting through house, then photos. Made some progress.

How are your goals coming along? And have you voted? Put voting your calendar? Figured out whom you’re voting for?

And cast a vote of confidence for your fellow ROWers! Find them HERE.

20 thoughts on “Vote! Vote! Vote! and #ROW80

  1. I voted before the first debate. The presidential race is almost irrelevant; the local races and those for US Representative and Senator have always been far more important to me. They’re the people that can affect my life much more.

    You had a good week! Hope you have another this week!

    1. Wow, that’s early voting! Good for you, John. It’s a lot harder to research state and local elections because they are less prominent in the news, but you’re right–they do matter a lot. Have a great week yourself!

  2. Yes! I wholeheartedly cosign this call to vote. When I think of the number of people who fought and died to have the right in this country (and the people who still fight and die to have the right around the world), it galvanizes me to get out there and cast my ballot. Like John mentions above, I think people tend to forget how important state and local elections are as well. It’s such a shame given how crucial they are in our day-to-day lives.

    Looks like you’re doing really well this week, Julie. Great job!

    1. Wonderful, Lena! I love having you cosign. 🙂 Indeed, people do die for the right to vote, and we are blessed in this nation to not have to shed blood to cast a ballot. Have a great week!

  3. Ohio has absentee voting for anyone who wants to, so I already voted! What I really like about it is I can research while I have the ballot in front of me, for the candidates and issues I’m not already familiar with. One of my ROW80 goals got dropped, and one added for NaNoWriMo – so far so good, there!

    1. Bless your hearts, you Ohioans! I hear y’all are inundated with campaign ads. Yay that you voted! Best wishes with NaNoWriMo! While I’m not participating, I am cheering on my fabulous writer friends who have thrown their hats in the ring.

  4. Wish I could vote from home, there’s always something I wish I had spent a little more time researching. Our public schools are actually closed on Tuesday. They’re expecting high turn outs at the polling locations and many of them are our schools. I feel bad for the parents that will need to take their kids with them to vote.
    You had a great week, Julie. Three more chapters and a Margie packet. Well done. I need to follow in your foot steps. Hope you have another great week.

    1. I wonder if it could ever be possible to log in and vote from home…

      We have taken our children to vote. As long as the line isn’t too long, it’s actually a good experience for them. When the lines were long…bad experience for them, us, all people around us, etc. LOL.

      Thanks, S.J.! Now to apply what I’ve learned!

  5. Great post, Julie! I was thinking the same thing today, so I added a link to your post at the bottom of mine. 🙂 I voted during the first week of early voting. Several Presidential elections ago, we missed the early voting and had to wait in line for a couple of hours. I’m so glad I’m not in one of the 15 states that don’t have early voting. 🙂

    Your ROW80 goals are progressing nicely! I wish you all the best with your goals this week.

    1. Loved your post, Diana! I had to wait a long time to vote in the primaries, and I also decided to avoid that experience by early voting this time. I know a lot of people voting today, though. I pray that a high percentage of eligible voters are THERE! Have a lovely week.

  6. I’ll be voting tomorrow. Haven’t missed a school, local, state, or national election since my mid-twenties. 🙂 Congrats on the ROW80 progress. I haven’t been able to check in with you in a while, and am amazed at the progress you’ve made. WOOHOO, Julie!!

    I’ll be joining you soon, but am cheering you on in the meantime. 😀

  7. I’m voting on Tuesday. It is hard to believe women didn’t have that opportunity not that long ago. But, it’s even harder to believe that 38% of Americans don’t exercise the priviledge. Love the reminder. Thanks.

    Great job on goals. Hope you have another excellent week!

    1. You’d think people would be more diligent about voting, wouldn’t you? I can understand 10% or so having something come up to prevent voting, but what about everyone else?

      I hope the line goes smoothly for you today. Thanks, Tia!

  8. An interesting week ahead with the two most powerful countries in the world both choosing new leaders in such different ways! I’ll have to see what happens here over in China…
    Most people in the UK don’t vote either, but I like how you mention that women not that long ago still didn’t have the vote – that fact always drives me on anyway!
    Have a good week!

  9. I’ve never missed a chance to vote since I turned eighteen. Right with you on that topic. The elections will impact our lives whether one votes or not, why not have a voice in your own future. Just a thought.
    Great progress, Julie – Keep it up and have a fantastic week 🙂

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