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Oct 30 2008

my civic duty

Published by Meghan at 3:36 pm under Babble

i did it!

i voted for the first time ever today!

like i said before, this time more then ever i felt it was important to register and voice my opinion. the first time i’ve felt that way in the past almost 12 years i’ve been able to vote. with everything that has effected us in the past year (economy, health care, federal funding, etc) i thought i should say who i feel should steer the ship for the next 4 years. so the first time ever, i registered. and for the first time ever i went to the local county building and voted (they have early voting available…i didn’t want to wait in line on the 4th).

what surprised me was how many other people were new registrants. and what surprised me even more was that a lot of them were older then me…much older. looks like lots of people are getting out this year and voicing their opinion for the first time.

if you can, i suggest you voice yours too!

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “my civic duty”

  1. Jasminon 30 Oct 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Yay! Did you get a sticker? I freakin’ LOVE those stickers. They say, “I participate in the democratic process and I WILL NOT BE SILENCED!” to me.

    Whoa. I need to dial back on the caffeine.

  2. Nathalieon 30 Oct 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Really? This was your first time????

    Wow!

    I’m a naturalized citizen, and the first presidential election I was able to vote in was the notorious 2000 one. I was in one of the counties in Florida that was highly contested too.

    Pretty cool, though, to know that I was a part of history.

    I’m proud of you!

  3. Eleanor (undeadgoat)on 31 Oct 2008 at 12:05 am

    Isn’t voting fun? I’m 18, and voted right out of the box, but then I am a policy nerd and a wannabe politico. I did a little bit of voter registration, and only actually registered one voter–a recently naturalized citizen, originally from Honduras, and I sort of bilingually explained the form. It turns out that it’s a lot easier to say “political party” than to translate that little bit of legalese at the end . . . and guess what a non-English-speaker is less likely to understand? It was so cool, though, he was in his 60s and had lived in the states for a while and he was just so happy to be able to vote.

  4. Coggieon 31 Oct 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Awesome!!
    So many new voters can only be a good thing for America.
    I have voted in each election since I turned 18 and always feel like I am doing my part by doing so. I will be one of the voters on the 4th, I have no clue if you can vote early in Michigan except by absentee ballot, but we get points in class for showing that we vote, so I need the sticker they hand out.
    YAY u!!

  5. Cecion 03 Nov 2008 at 4:58 pm

    I’m so glad you got registered and voted, Meghan. I have voted in every presidential election since I was 21, which was the legal age for voting when I turned 21. I will be voting tomorrow and anxiously watching the results tomorrow night.

    Ceci

    P.S. off topic, but I listened to several of your recent podcasts on my recent trip to Europe. Really helped pass the time on the plane. I’m all caught up now. I enjoyed hearing about your Soar experiences.