This year, my vote represents several significant things to me. First, it always represents the opportunity to have been born in this country which, despite its many faults and flaws, is still one of the best options in the world. It also has always represented the many people who have sacrificed much to maintain my freedoms, including my freedom to vote. This year it also represents my desire for those who wish to call themselves American to be able to do so. And something new that I thought a lot about this year is my responsibility to teach my children the importance of voting. I started out by taking them both with me. Luz talked about voting all day long. She even got a sticker.