It’s General Election Day, a time to select officials to lead us from the local to national level. While most of this year’s candidates on the ballot are on the local level, it still matters to cast your vote.

I might sound like a broken record, but I’ll say it again: If you can take your children with you to the polls, do it. Let them see the importance of voting. Let them see what a privilege that we, the people of the United States, possess to have a say in who holds office and makes decisions that affect our very way of life.

My children have both gone to the polls with me since birth — literally. My son was less than a week old when he accompanied me and his daddy for a special election. Now, he and his sister go and stand with me as I select the candidates that I hope will win a seat on the local, state, county and national levels of government. The majority of the time, both end up with “I voted” stickers on their lapels when they leave. The poll workers at our precinct are very enthusiastic and accommodating!

It’s hard to believe that in a matter of four years, my daughter can register to participate in the election process. We spoke about it this morning on the way to school. I always remind her about the privilege to vote, especially as a woman, because we didn’t win the right to vote until Aug. 18, 1920, with ratification of the 19th amendment (according to www.history.com).

On an Election Day side note, while out and about this evening, take the opportunity to feed your appetite and help out a local church or organization. Plenty of them are hosting dinners — mostly pork and sauerkraut on the menu with side dishes. No one seems to know how the tradition of Election Day pork and kraut began, but it seems to work!

Rock the vote, get the vote out, make it count, make your voice heard. No matter how you say it, exercise your right to do it and set an example for our youths!