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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

On Voting...

Published by cck at 9:51 AM

I voted on Monday - the first day of early voting in Florida. It was beautiful. In the morning, more than 800 students and faculty from Florida A&M marched to Leon County Courthouse - with the marching band - to line up to vote. I get goosebumps just writing about it.

I voted in the afternoon, in a much shorter line - one that was only about 100 deep. I don't know what it is about voting that makes me grin from ear to ear. It's so incredibly exciting - I get to vote. You can't help but think of all the places where my lining up to vote would have caused much more of a stir.

Truth be told, I was a little nervous voting. I voted for a Republican for the first time in my life. It was a really hard decision too. My state house district has been held by an amazing woman, Loranne Ausley. Tough shoes to fill for any new candidate. The Democrat, however, left a bad taste in my mouth when she sued to have her opponent thrown off the ballot. The Republican is moderate. And that's probably the best thing I can say about him, aside from the fact that he's from South Carolina.

I nearly had a panic attack in the voting booth. But, like many voters of less crazed political affiliation (read: intense), I hoped I made the right decision. I felt educated (or mostly educated). I filled in my little bubble and then slipped it in the optical reader and hoped my vote would be counted. It is Florida after all...


S said...

I, too, have never voted for a Republican. It's not that I don't consider carefully in each election; there has just never been an election where I preferred the Republican to the Democrat. So look at it this way: from now on if someone accuses you of just dogmatically voting for the democrat, you can honestly say that you have voted for a Republican in a contested election.

worker bee said...

I never thought I'd consider voting for a republican, but in this election, I'm considering it (not for president mind you). Just like I hope that republicans will be willing to vote for a good democrat, I have to put my party leanings aside and vote for the better candidate - a republican. Glad to know that I am not the only one with anxiety in a situation like this!