Considering that I didn’t cast a ballot for U.S. President back in 2016 (and took a lot of heat for it, from friends and readers on both ends of the political spectrum), it should come as little to no surprise that I did not vote for either President Donald Trump or former Vice-President Joe Biden (or any other candidate) this year.

Oh, just as I did in 2016, I still voted, I just didn’t feel, in all good conscience, that I could vote for either of these two men to lead our country for the next four years.

“Well, that means you can’t complain if you don’t like who ends up getting elected,” is what many of my detractors told me in ‘16.

I countered that, as an American citizen, I have the right to do anything I want (as long as it’s legal), I just felt again that I would rather let the rest of the country decide between two candidates I can’t personally support — which also is my right. 

And, just to repeat myself, just because I didn’t cast my vote for Trump or former First Lady Hillary Clinton in ‘16, or Trump or Biden this year doesn’t mean I didn’t vote. I did vote for the local and state candidates I felt I could support — some of whom won and some who lost last time — and I again feel pretty good about most of the people and amendments I did support.

And yes, I have now voted this year — by a mail-in ballot that I requested and received from Pasco Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley’s office. I had no desire whatsoever to vote in person and, based on the lines from Day One at Pasco’s early voting locations, I don’t want to drop off my ballot, either.

Covid-19 has affected so many aspects of our daily lives and although I’m still wearing a face mask everywhere in public I do go, way too many of you aren’t doing the same, so even with my vote, I still feel I need to do everything I can to protect myself.

As for who I’m voted for in some of the other elections on the Nov. 3 ballot, I’d rather not say, but Here is how I voted on all six Amendments to the Florida Constitution that also were on my ballot — several of which I have fairly strong feelings about:

On Amendment 1, I  say Yes, you should have to be a U.S. citizen to vote in any election, although I foolishly thought it was already a requirement nationwide. 

On Amendment 2, considering the cost of living these days, I don’t feel that even $10 per hour is much of a living wage, and As a small business owner, I have no problem with the $1-per-hour-per-year increase through 2026, so I’m voting Yes. 

On Amendment 3, I feel very strongly that in Primary Elections, only registered Republicans should vote for Republican candidates and Democrats for Democratic candidates, unless there is no opposition candidate, which is the system we currently have in place, so I’m voted No on changing that. 

On Amendment 4, I feel that we already have too many such amendments to deal with every year, so to require any amendment to have to be approved in two elections gets a hard No from me. I’m not really 100% sure how I feel about Amendment 5, but I voted Yes because I believe that homeowners (even though I’m not currently one) should get as much benefit as they can since owning a home continues to only get more expensive. 

And finally, I also feel that any spouse of any deceased or disabled veteran should get as much benefit as possible from their spouse’s service, so I’m voting Yes on Amendment 6.

Even if you disagree with everything I’ve said here, I hope you’ll also exercise your right to vote in this very important General Election.

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