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A real negative to living in Benton and Franklin counties…

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is that we’re in mail-in ballot counties.  Which means no going to the polls.  Instead your ballot is mailed to you at home.  You fill it out at your leisure, and you mail it on or before Election Day.

At first glance, it’s a great idea.  Saves time, saves money, greater participation, it’s all there.

But the human element, the pull of the citizenry, the we’re-all-in-this-boat-together mentality of seeing everyone at the polling place is gone.  I know I am not the only person who gets choked up when I see a person who is different from me – elderly, male, red-haired, unmarried, hazel-eyed, whatever I can see at first glance that indicates, “this person is not like me.”  But this person in front of me, or coming out of the booth or walking through the doors reeking of cigarette smoke, this person is an American, like me.  And they care, like I do.  And they’re voting, which is a right that others fouight and died for.  Someone died so that I and the person behind me, and the person who doesn’t know which precinct they’re in, and the first time voter – we can vote.

Filling in a rectangle at my kitchen counter with Dancing with the Stars on in the background just doesn’t remind me of the greatness of the country.  And that’s the bad thing about living in one of the 36 of 39 counties in Washington state that are mail-in ballot states.

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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