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First tuesday

Today is historic for the nation, and especially myself. Today, this first Tuesday in November, was the first time I voted! I have to say the experience was not as unnerving as I thought it would be. I was almost nervous to go vote today, partly because voting was a new experience and my vote was one of great significance. Today America is deciding the next president, and I helped in making that decision. When I stop and think about it, it truly is a remarkable right we have.

I registered to vote here at Fontbonne (how convenient!) a few months ago, and have been preparing for today for quite some time. I got all necessary information, probably more than I needed, to vote together, and brought myself up-to-date with the candidates and propositions. I considered myself an “informed” voter today. I did vote because I have never been able to, but also because it is a right I have, and as an informed citizen I enjoy having somewhat of a say in how things are run.

Voting was painless. I went after class this afternoon, and unlike other places here in the U.S., there was no line. My Fontbonne ID was all I needed, and I could even choose between paper and electronic voting. So many decisions! I chose paper. It seemed more official that way, actually inking in my votes. The whole process took me less than 15 minutes, and I made sure I grabbed an “I Voted” sticker on my way out.

I will probably remember that experience for the rest of my life, and will continue to vote. My job is done. Now all I have to do it sit and wait for the results! I think it’s going to be a close one!

Until next week…


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