Election Day ‘08

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 | You Call This News?

Election Day 08

Sunny and 65 degrees. A perfect day to go make history.

I went to the polls around 11am. No line for my ward (actually, as there was one guy ahead of me, my being there created a “line”), but the registration table had about 40 people waiting. I was only voter 351 for my ward. Guess the college kids who make up much of the neighborhood hadn’t gotten up yet or voted early. I’m assuming it’ll be a little nuttier over there at night, after people get off work.

I vote at a school, and the kids & PTA always hold a bake sale (which you don’t get to partake in if you vote after 6pm. More incentive to go early). They were doing brisk business. I spent more time making bakery decisions than I did waiting to vote. (Got myself a nice red velvet cupcake, a few oatmeal Scotchies, a slice of pumpkin bread and an Alterra coffee, all for $3.50. Yum!)

I sat down on the little rock wall outside the school after voting, had my cupcake and coffee, and basked in the warm glow of being able to cast my vote for a black man for president. For the first time in many years, I feel like there’s a bit of hope for our country’s future. We’ve come an awfully long way on civil rights just in my lifetime. There’s a long way to go yet, but it makes me smile to think we’re on our way toward being a more tolerant, more inclusive nation. Change, indeed.

3 Comments to Election Day ‘08

mom
11/4/2008

How cool is that! Volunteers in the field are saying that the turnout at the Atkinson Ave. polling place was at 400 by 11 this morning, with 200 being the usual total average for voting there. People were in great spirits and even many really handicapped folks were making it to the polls. A good sign!

Kim
11/5/2008

Was nice to watch something so historic be so positive for a change!

Dad
11/6/2008

It was a 75% turnout, which is remarkable, but how the devil could 25% have stayed home?

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