“Están registrados para votar?” I asked my grandparents over dinner on Sunday. They shook their heads, despite having become naturalized citizens about five years ago (I helped them study for the test!).
“You should register them,” my mom suggested.
“I can’t, at least not for the primary election,” I informed my mom. “But they can register for the next elections in June and November.”
Then my mom turned to me and asked me what she’s been asking me since I was 12, “who should I vote for?”
“Well, I’m going to pick my candidate like I chose my car,” I responded in between bites of chicken.
“On color?” she asked.
“Yup,” I said and smiled. The main reason I chose to buy a Dodge Stratus rather than a Neon was because of the color. (To make me seem less shallow, I chose the Stratus after a weekend of driving my brother’s Stratus.)
Okay, so it’s not that simple. I’m not choosing Obama simply because I want to vote for the black candidate. I’ve voted for black candidates before (hello, Assemblywoman Karen Bass and Rep. Diane Watson). What black/brown divide?
“Actually,” I confessed to my mom, “I’m still undecided. But I know who I’m not voting for.”
I didn’t make my decision until this afternoon when I read the news about John Edwards backing out of the race. Hopefully I’ll be able to articulate my choice after the townhall with Senator Obama tomorrow.