I’ve been voting since I was 18 years old because my mother instilled in me the importance of letting my voice be heard through my vote. Out of all the years that I have voted, this is the first time…I’ve been very concerned about the election. So much is going on with the pandemic, voter suppression, social injustice, and so much racial hatred. At first I had planned to vote on November 3rd like I have done over the years, but this time, I felt I needed to vote as early as possible, so I did. I know there is a lot of fear being put out there to discourage and make you scared to vote, or think that your vote will not count. But you can’t let that stop you. Vote early, by mail, or if you plan to vote on November 3rd, plan your day. If you have children, make sure they are taken care of for a a couple hours. Most jobs are letting employees take off time to vote, if not plan to take a few hours off from work. Plan for the weather just in case it rains or it's very cold. Bring a chair, water, and snacks. Practice social distancing, bring hand sanitizer, and most importantly wear your mask. You have to vote like your life depends on it, because it does. Vote your conscious, vote you heart, vote your beliefs, vote for your ancestors, vote for your children, vote for your grandchildren. No matter how you do it, just exercise your right to vote. VOTE!