On Nov. 8, I will be among the first people in line to cast my vote. I will not let my frustration from our presidential election make me stay at home.

As a black Muslim female, I am aware that voting is a legacy; I am completely cognizant of the struggles and the challenges that many people before me faced and overcame to make this a possibility.

Meanwhile, many people in other countries cannot vote, and some die every day fighting for this right.

I understand that individuals often choose not to vote because they feel their vote does not count, but one vote does count in many ways, and by making our voices heard at the ballot box, we are practicing a constitutional right that is guaranteed to every American citizen.

Ekhlas Ahmed

Portland