Election Day Reflections

I took Friday off of work, and in the midst of all our Halloween celebrating (both my little ones had Halloween parties that needed volunteers) I was able to catch some of the news coverage about the turn out for early voting. In Floridia the lines went on for days, and people just kept showing up. It was amazing. In spite of everything that has plagued out country in these last weeks, these last years in fact, I felt prouder about being an American at that moment than I think I ever have in my adult life.

Knowing how big this turn out is going to be makes me truly feel like I am part of something bigger than me. Bigger than all of us. I wonder if this might be what it felt like for the people outside Independence Hall back in 1776. Or when the polls opened on December 15, 1788 for our first presidential election. I know I feel excited for the future, relieved that change is finally coming, and hopeful that things are finally going to get better.

When I see the lines of people waiting to get their early vote in, I see all of us standing together with one voice.
One voice that is speaking out loud to the rest of the world. A voice that is saying “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”

This is how a democracy works. All of us standing together and taking an active role in our future, our children’s future, and the future of those who do not have a way to make their voice heard.

To all of you, republican or democrat, even you wacky independents and libertarians, thank you. I am proud to be standing with you all and casting my vote for what will hopefully be one of America’s proudest moments.

This day is what our forefathers hoped and dreamed of when they signed the Declaration of Independence. When they wrote the constitution. When Kennedy asked “Ask Not What your country can do or you, but what you can do fro your country”. When Dr. King said, “I have a dream”.

Well I have a dream, and that dream is to raise my children in a world where people care about the world around them. Where people stand up for what they care about. Where people have a voice and use it.

Happy Voting on Tuesday. And whatever happens on Wednesday morning, be proud.

When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect. ~Adlai Stevenson


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Profile Photo Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom

While I am also very excited and proud of the high turnout and I am concerned about our preparedness to handle the long lines and ensure that no one is disenfranchised because of inadequate preparation. I hope all employers will be very flexible and allow their employees to vote. It will take a lot of compassion and neighborly good will to ensure that election day goes smoothly and everyone who plans to vote gets to vote and gets their vote counted.

So glad that we are finally catching up to other democracies with higher turnout rates!

Profile Photo Emi Whittle

I’m afraid I have to add a negative note or a positive request — I think EVERY State should offer absentee/vote by mail options to EVERYBODY. I have to work a TON on Tuesday and will have to struggle to make it to the polls. I was out last week and couldn’t early vote. And Texas won’t let you mail in a ballot unless you’ll be out of town on election day and can prove it. Ugh.

Worse yet are the long, long lines. When I was pregnant and having morning sickness, I stood for 3 hours in a HOT, long line to vote….. NOT a good experience at all….. I don’t wonder why people don’t vote, but I DO wonder why the government doesn’t make it easier to vote….

I know, its a privelege and in other less developed countries, people stand in line for days for the opportunity to vote…. I will quit my bellyaching now and just be thankful!

Profile Photo Paulette Neal-Allen

Meghan – I voted last Wednesday here in Colorado, and even then the line I stood in was long. Not horribly, but long enough that my husband and I looked at each other and said “I’m glad we didn’t wait until next Tuesday!”. The news on Friday night, the last night to vote early, showed live video of early voting lines stretching far longer than many Election Day lines I’ve been in. I’ve heard that as many as 50% of registered voters have already voted! That’s better than the total turnout for a lot of elections!
I’m with you, I think it is exciting to see so many people turning out to vote, and it gives me great hope for the future – whatever Wednesday morning brings!

Profile Photo GeekChick

Thanks for your post, Megan. I agree, it feels so immense to be part of this current election. There have been people of the WWII generation saying it’s the most important election they can remember — and that stretches back pretty far!

Emi, I am so sorry you don’t have early voting. I agree, every state should have it. I never even heard of it until this cycle. I lived in Alaska most of my adult life (yes, even when Palin was elected), and the concept of lines amazes me. Heck, we didn’t even have to go to particular polling locations! just show up, somewhere, anywhere!

My husband and I early voted — the first day we could. We’re in Nevada, one of the hot states this time around. On top of that, we’re in one of the most important counties in the nation. Woo hoo! We had no lines — just walk in, vote, and leave. Pretty amazing.

It’s actually raining here tonight (stormy!), a rarity for Nevada. I am worried how it might affect turnout tomorrow. But, we have had record early voters, so…….

My hubby and I are taking E-Day off to volunteer. We figure, we have paid leave and so many people struggle to just vote at all — so why not help.

Happy Election Day to all!