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Obligatory Election Day Confession

Obligatory Election Day Confession: This is my FIRST presidential election.

In 1996, my first election that I was old enough to vote in, was not something I gave one flying poop about. I was struggling through college with a child and a failing marriage. I was not in a place to care about anything political. I was too busy focusing on staying in school, being a new Mom, and saving my marriage.

In 2000, the marriage was gone but I was still in college and working two jobs, now as a single mom to a kindergartener. I cared about the election, and wanted to vote, but I didnt care enough to make sure I registered on time. I had moved out of state since I last registered, and put off re-registering until it was too late. I felt bad, but again, I was very busy and only cared a little bit.

This year? I’m registered with the right address. I re-registered with my new married name, and I know where I vote at. This year? I’m ready. I know who I’m voting for. All I have to do is find out when because if there’s one thing I hate doing? Is waiting in line.

The last part to this confession? I’m kinda scared/nervous. Isnt that silly? I’m nervous about voting. I feel like an 18 yr old voting for the first time, but I have enough age/years/growth under my belt to really appreciate it. I totally wish I could have someone photograph me. heh.

So. Go vote. Preferrably for my guy – but just vote.

Note from 2020: I voted for Kerry, and I remember where I voted, but I did not remember that was my first election voting until I read this. I guess if I think about it, it does make sense but I think in my head I voted for Gore in 2000 too. Also, how funny is it that I wouldn’t mention back in 2004 who I voted for when 16 years later THERE IS NEVER ANY DOUBT BECAUSE ALL I TALK ABOUT IS HOW BIDEN BETTER WIN OR WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE.

19 thoughts on “Obligatory Election Day Confession”

  1. I used to get nervous voting too! I felt it was such an awesome responsiblity and I was just a kid! You will do fine today.. and like you said…vote for MY guy. Let’s ROCK this vote!

  2. wow! we’re twins! I’m 29 and this is my first election, too! And I didn’t vote for many of the same reasons you didn’t as well! Happy first election day!

  3. Ditto there zoot….I voted last Saturday so I didn’t have to stand in line……It would be nice if everyone voted for my guy but just vote…

  4. ‘my guy, my guy, my guy,
    votin’ for my guy…my guy!’

    🙂 sorry. I couldn’t resist a little song for your first election day! I’m so proud for you, Zoot!

  5. I voted at a local middle school, and I was there @ 7am when the polls opened. I still had to wait in line for 45 minutes before I was able to cast my ballot. But I figured it would be worse after work, so I just hung in there.

    Congrats on voting! 🙂

  6. You go girl! I’ve been voting for the past 20 years and I still get nervous. I dropped my wallet, my purse and then my keys in front of the booth this morning. But, at least I didn’t drop my three year old, who came with me ;o)

  7. I’m lucky enough to live in a small town, so I only waited for about 10 minutes before voting. But I figured it would be much worse later. Hope you all vote for my guy too….but more importantly, JUST VOTE!

  8. My election confession? well, I don’t really have one. Except for that the first election I could vote in was 2000, ’cause I’m 23, and I ran over to vote and I got there??? OH MY GOD! I was such a moron. I had to have this woman come over and show me how to use everything! Gah! It was so humiliating. I’ve voted for everything else since then and thought I was becoming a total PRO at it until two years ago when they went and CHANGED all the voting machines on me and made them all new and fancy and shiney! Wahhhh! I was a moron all over again. Hopefully this year I’ll remember what to do! Good luck 🙂

  9. Yay, Zoot! Vote, Vote, Vote! Wee G and I were in line at our polling place at 6:50 a.m. this morning to cast our (my) votes. It was so cool. When I turned in my ballot? I was number 3 in our voting district. I don’t get up early for much but I was up by 6 this morning.

    Vote, Vote, Vote!

  10. I prepared…had my coffee, my license, various forms of ID, a book to read (The LOTR trilogy, natch), and off I went. Um…no line, walked right in, showed off my Gandalf for President button (the lady asked if I was going to write him in, hehehe), voted and headed off to work. All in under 10 minutes! Yippee!!!
    And did you catch SNL’s show last night, all of the previous (hehehe, I mistyped precious instead of previous) presidential debates…and in one, Jimmy Carter was accused of flip-flopping…funny, I thought.

  11. They sent me an absentee ballot with CHADS, CHADS, everywhere CHADS! But I did not leave any of them hanging.

    Good for you, girl. Have a good vote-day.

  12. CONGRATS! I’m so proud of you for voting! I voted absentee because, well, I’m in New Orleans. I’ve not missed even a general election since I’ve been able to vote.

    And now, you will be able to complain about our president all you want, you have the right!

  13. I headed to the polls about 6:10am (because they open at 6 here) figuring I’ll beat the crowd. There was a really huge line! No huh-Way! I was so proud! Everybody’s getting out to vote. Just like yourself Z, it will be the twentysomething’s that will decide the election.

  14. Congrats on your first presidential vote!!!! It’s our one time as a country to have our individual voices heard! Although, I have to say, I have never used a ballot where I had to color in my choices. We always used voting booths in Delaware, so this was a new and exciting experience for me…I was nervous cause I didn’t know what to think about it.

  15. I remember very well voting in 2000. We have early voting, so we took the kids the week before up to the local voting place. The nice people working there gave the kids a voided punch card and let them put them in machines and just punch holes (they were almost three and just turned two at the time)

    We live in Texas, and it was a given that Texas was going to vote for Bush (partly because we were tired of having him around the Govners mansion in Austin, partly because Texas lives and breathes oil). So we didn’t really think too much of it.

    The rest, as they say, is history.

    Let’s hope this one gets decided before Turkey day!

  16. We must be about the same age, then, because I first voted in 1996. I turned 18 in September and the election was in November.

    I hope the voting was fun for you!!

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