OK, so I didn’t get a sticker, but I was at my polling station when they rolled up the metal doors at 6 a.m. (I get to vote in a firehouse, which has the added bonus of firefighters). I was more than 50 people back, but the lines moved quickly, especially when one of the officials (she may have actually been a scrutineer – what a fun term) announced that there were actually six precincts voting in the same location and separated us out.

I had a cup of coffee in my hand at 6:32 a.m.

I’m the least likely person to discuss politics in polite company – and in my opinion, all company should be polite. I even outlawed the discussion of politics during dinner parties in my home after one conversation between friends with different, but strong, beliefs ended in tears.

Debate is good – it’s healthy, and hearing differing viewpoints can strengthen and educate one’s own stance – as long as it’s done in a respectful fashion.

I believe that your beliefs are important.

I believe that every citizen has the right to vote based on his/her own beliefs.

I also believe that your beliefs are private unless you choose to publicize them, and that you shouldn’t be the subject of hate-filled comments because of them.

Look, there are some very hot and important issues on ballots today all across the United States – not to mention the nine Louisiana constitutional amendments – that deserve individual attention and consideration.

It’s not my business how you vote; vote based on your considered and educated beliefs. We live in a democracy, and the way that we live – how we conduct our lives and the freedoms that we treasure – are up for your vote today.

So, as Nike would say, just do it.

Place your vote and, hopefully, get a sticker.