One of the things that I did while I was away from OUUC these past few weeks was to spend some time with the primary election voter’s guide in order to complete and mail in my ballot. The guide was a fascinating read, highlighting the variety of opinions and perspectives that make up “we the people.”

I am also aware that next month marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the US (it actually happened in Washington state ten years earlier in 1910.)  The right and privilege for people like me to participate in our democracy was hard-won and I don’t take the responsibility lightly.

This year, more than ever, it is important to spend some time considering our values and voting to reflect them. What values do you want to be represented in the local and state officeholders?  What perspectives do you want held?  What vision of the future do you want to support?

Here in Washington, we are fortunate to have a long history of easy access to voting by mail.  In the weeks and months ahead, people around the country will brave long lines, long waits, and potentially unhealthy and unsafe conditions in order to cast their ballots in person.  We have it easy.

So, consider your values and vote. Vote your values.  Primary ballots are due on August 4.

Blessings on your week, and your ballot.

Be well and stay safe.

Rev. Mary

P.S.  If you’d like some information about the Unitarian Universalist response to this election year check out UU The Vote here.