Early voting and Minnie’s Pearl of wisdom

A replica of Minnie Pearl's hat, Hickman County, TN, near Grinders Switch

I always vote in every election in which I’m eligible to cast a ballot. From the time I cast my first vote at the Anola Women’s Club building on Washington Avenue in Pascagoula, Mississippi in the 1970s to the present day, I have viewed voting as a responsibility and a privilege. And I did it again the day after early voting started in Nashville for various district and county-wide Metro offices and a charter amendment.

I’m not going to tell you who I voted for but I hope you will take any opportunity you have to vote, whether we vote for the same candidate or the same way on an issue or not. It is my belief that if you don’t take the opportunity to cast a ballot, then you shouldn’t complain after the election if you don’t like the way things are being done. You could have had a say, whether the vote you cast was on the winning side or not.

In continuing my stand on the soap-box for just a minute longer, it is also my belief that casting a ballot in a legal election is one of the best ways we can say “Thank you” to the men and women who have fought for our right to do so since 1776.

To vote early or not to vote early – that is the question.

I hope that the people for whom I voted won’t make me regret that decision between now and actual Election Day (or afterwards, for that matter). Once you leave the booth, you can’t go back and “un-vote” if you think you’ve made a mistake. So candidates, please continue to earn our respect.

Minnie’s Pearl of wisdom

Minnie Pearl was a hero of mine and an entertainment inspiration. I never met her but I did have the pleasure of seeing her perform several times and I still smile when I think about her. She used to tell a story about her Uncle Nabob deciding to run for “constabule” in Grinders Switch. He approached a fellow with whom he’d had some differences and asked him to put them aside and cast a ballot for him.

“I wouldn’t vote for you if you was Saint Peter, hisself,” replied the old adversary.
Uncle Nabob responded, saying, “If I was Saint Peter, you couldn’t vote for me ‘cause you wouldn’t be in my district!”

Well, I hope we’re all in Saint Peter’s district, voters and candidates alike.

Learn More about Les at www.leskerr.com
Text and photo copyright 2011


About Les Kerr

Les Kerr is a songwriter, recording artist, journalist and author originally from the Gulf Coast now based in Nashville, Tennessee. Learn More about Les at www.leskerr.com
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