I have been waiting a long time to vote in my life. It is something I have always wanted to do, but I did not know how. One day my best friend, Colleen, asked me if I ever voted. I told her no. She asked me if I wanted to vote. I told her I would like to vote very much.
So I asked Mary, my tutor, about it. Mary got me an application. I filled it out and signed up. I registered to vote in October 2008. I voted the first time in November 2008 and that was four years ago when I was sixty-three years old.
After voting I wanted to learn more about the United States government. I also got interested in our presidents. I read about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. They were good presidents. I learned about the American flag, too.
When it is time to vote I get ready to vote by reading the Easy Voter Guide from the library. My tutor and I talk about the candidates and the propositions. The Easy Voter Guide helps me understand so I can vote better. It helps me make good choices.
It makes me feel good to be a voter. I like being a voter because I can choose who I want to run the country. Being able to vote means a lot to me. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. I feel proud to be a voter now.
Margo. "Learning to Vote" Our Words, Our Voices. Vol. 2. Hayward: Literacy Plus Council, 2012. 19. Print.