Cindy McCain on Why the Vote Matters

From The New York Times: “11 Female Voices, From Age 13 to 110, on Why the Vote Matters”

By Cindy McCain

To me voting is the most important thing you can do as an American. It’s your right and your duty.

My mother and father came out of the Depression and World War II, and so voting was a big deal in our house. I remember when I was in elementary school, my dad came and got me out of class so that he and my mom could vote. They wanted me to see it. When I turned 18, I registered as a Democrat: Both of my parents were Democrats and, in Arizona, Democrats in those days were very conservative. I did my very best to vote in every election, and certainly once my husband — the late senator John McCain — began running, Election Day became a holiday for us in many ways. We’d go for lunch, we’d go to the movies — we had ourselves a day. And we made sure that when our sons were deployed, they got their absentee ballots.

We’re still struggling with equal pay and other issues that affect women on a daily basis. But look how far we’ve come! Our opinions, where we stand and what we want to have for our country are very important now, and we’re a constituency that has to be looked at.

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