The Big Vote

What a great day to vote!  It’s been raining for days here in California and it just stopped, abruptly, this morning, just in time for people to go to the polls without their umbrellas.  Apparently, the League of Women Voters was put in charge of today’s weather by whoever runs that kind of thing.  

I was in Oakland all day, at the courthouse downtown, where — in a tsunami of service to my country — I had jury duty.  In the cafe I went to for breakfast you could just hear how excited people were.  It’s a great day to be an American.  A great day.  (And no, they didn’t want me to be on the jury.  All you have to do is say this sentence:  “I’m a lawyer and I work for a judge” and you suddenly become The Woman No One Wants on Their Jury.  Go figure.  You’d think they’d look at me and think, “Well, at least she’d understand the law when I tell it to her.”)  

Then I headed over to the library and handed in my absentee ballot.  I never did mail it in — I guess I wanted to get my “I voted” sticker.  They gave me two, because when I got there, the crowds had already come & gone and they had a lot of extras.  

Did you vote?  Was it a happy experience?


12 thoughts on “The Big Vote

  1. It was the most exciting trip I’ve made to the polls since I was far too young to vote. I used to accompany my mom and then at night, we’d go back to the polling place and get the results and then call them in to the news agencies. It was a task my 4H club did every year. Going to vote this morning was that exciting, even though my vote didn’t “count.” I’m so excited!

  2. We live in Long Beach; our little polling place is something out of small-town mythology.

    Our nation has changed tonight. My heart tells me it’s much, much, much for the better.

  3. I didn’t get my stuff to the consulate on time for an absentee vote, so this will be my first(hopefully only) non-voting election since I turned 18. But I didn’t pay any taxes last year, so I don’t feel too guilty.

  4. It was so great. We still have those ancient lever machines with a little curtain around it. I helped 630 people sign in and vote. Got to know some of my new neighbors.

    I’m just so relieved that soon we’ll no longer have a president who is filled with contempt for art, nature, beauty, and human life.

  5. I not only voted but also had the time to “line monitor” some polling places for the local Obama campaign and then drive a first time voter to the polls. She was a black college student. It was all great fun and a blessing to me.

    I was privileged to be a small part of this massive awakening. I’m so proud of us all.

  6. Yep, I voted. I also participated in the Get Out The Vote campaign, canvassing on election day. I know this is a shameless plug, but I think you might enjoy taking a short visit to my blog to meet my 80 year old mother, whom I am celebrating for her activism during the Obama campaign. I keep wondering where she gets all her energy.

  7. They don’t take clergymen for juries either.

    When I went to vote I had to translate for a fellow citizen who didn’t know he was registered as a mail-in voter. We were voting in San Jose’s largest predominantly Hispanic neighborhood in a school named after Cesar Chavez (who grew up around the corner from where I live) and they had Vietnamese and Tagalog translators, but no-one working the polls was bi-lingual in Spanish. Oh well. We help out where we can.



  8. Cam, I think it must have been wonderful to be a poll worker this election and seeing all the voters — new ones, young ones! — Good for you.

    Ben, How funny that it didn’t occur to them to get a Spanish speaker there! Maybe they knew you’d be around. And my hat’s off to you — you’re too close to the True Judge, I guess.

    HMH, That’s not shameless at all! I’m heading over there after I tell you and everyone else how jazzed I am about the election!

    Q, That’s exactly it — I feel so proud of all of us. What a great day it was. I know I’m writing this more than a week later, but I still feel enormous happiness and satisfaction and hope about this election.

    Rian, That’s so cool. I think those machines shouldn’t be retired. They sound like the real deal. And heavens, that’s a LOT of voters.

    Debbie, I think, as a nation, we had a lot of crying going on!

    Hey Marie, I’m with you. Voting feels powerful to me, even if I’m, such a drop in the bucket. I still love doing it, love getting my sticker, love the little neighborhood polling places, and the way it feels like a community endeavor. All of it is pretty wonderful.

    Ella, No taxes! Lucky you. Next time, you can just vote the way you would have this time!

    Hello Tom, and Welcome. I think you’re right. When we vote, we are all part of the small town that is our neighborhood poll.

    Dear Ann, How wonderful to know that you were in 4H, you city girl, you! I love it that this was a job they gave to kids. A terrific idea, don’t you think?

    Hello Amuirin and welcome! It did feel pretty great out and about on Election Day. So many people were just thrilled about this coming change.

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