But as much as I dislike the polarization we've seen during this election, I can't be cynical about voting. I think about people around the world who have no voice in their government; I think about the photos of eager first-time voters lining up across the hills in South Africa in 1994; I think about women in the United States who fought for years for the right to vote.
Voting is a privilege, and I hope my American readers will go vote tomorrow. I sent off my absentee ballot last week. I admit that it gives me a thrill every single time I vote, even though my first election was -- ahem -- a long time ago.