Elections feel like an Olympic sport to me. I get really excited on election day, I have special pins that I wear, a special election shirt that I wear, and I stick to my phone and to CNN all day.

This year, I took people with me to vote. I’ve never done that before because I had no idea so many people in my family and friends did not vote regularly.

I was especially surprised that so many women in my life did not regularly vote.

When I asked the people in my social circle who were nonvoters why they were nonvoters, they said it was because there wasn’t a candidate worth voting for.

Essentially, they were saying that because neither candidate was perfect, they would not give them a vote.

I get it. It’s hard to participate in a game when you know the odds are stacked against you. It’s hard to compromise even one, minor issue in order to cast a vote, but we must. We have to play the game as it is currently structured, so we might have an opportunity to change the game in the future.

Whoever is reading this, I hope you voted. I hope you saw the bigger picture and voted for the candidates that shared many of your values. And, I hope that starting today, you will take steps to write to them, call them, or make an appointment to see them to discuss the areas in which you disagree.

The election is over, but the democratic process is ongoing.

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