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I did it -- my first presidential election as a US citizen.

I went to one of the early-voting locations in my neighborhood; on Monday, the first day of early voting in Texas, there were lines all the way out the door. Today, however, was more like a steady stream. I didn't wait long at all, probably because I voted at a time when most people were at work.

The voting machine (which always freaks me out a little) worked less sluggishly than in 2010, and I was in and out of there quickly.

Interestingly, the choices for Texas Board of Education included two acquaintances of mine: Rebecca Bell-Metereau for the Democratic Party and Irene Scharf for the Green Party. Irene was the librarian at my first teaching job, and I have a special fondness for librarians. However, party loyalty won out, and I went with Rebecca. Other than that, no-brainers all around.

So, have you voted yet? If so, what was it like? How many people were there, and what were the demographics?

Are these your first elections? If no, when did you first vote and who was the first presidential candidate you voted for?

My first-ever elections were in 1983, and I voted for Hans-Jochen Vogel for chancellor (Helmut Kohl won).



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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    261.A wealthy man can afford anything except a conscience. -Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

    by MaikeH on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 08:59:13 AM PDT

  •  Voted in-person yesterday (4+ / 0-)
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    BitterEnvy, ER Doc, MaikeH, elmo

    at the County Building. Too bad it was in Illinois, and my (R) congressman is just as strong of a lock for re-election here as President Obama. So my vote didn't count for much, but I was thrilled to cast it.

    “The real truth of the matter is that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government since the days of Andrew Jackson” -FDR

    by You know me man on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 09:04:28 AM PDT

  •  I will. (4+ / 0-)
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    BitterEnvy, ER Doc, MaikeH, elmo

    Early voting doesn't start until Saturday.

    I intend to early vote unless the hurricane decides to sit on us.

  •  I love voting on election day. (1+ / 0-)
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    It's sorta like the Super Bowl, in that it's one of the last collective experiences that the country shares.  Plus, I love the ritual of it all and seeing my fellow citizens out at the polls.  So this year I'll be voting on election day like I always have; unlike in prior years, though, I'll be hitting the pavement afterwards to GOTV for the campaign.  

    I think my first election was '96, and I'm pretty sure I voted for the Natural Law candidate.  I was young & apolitical, although I still voted because even then I had the sense that it was a civic duty

  •  I Voted in Denton, TX, Monday. Short Line But.... (4+ / 0-)
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    Ohiodem1, ER Doc, MaikeH, elmo

    voting is about 23% higher this year than in 2008.  The only person who forecast this increase was our local Democratic Chairwoman.  Big increase in minority voters and get out the vote activity here.

    In 2008, we were outnumbered by 40,000 Republican votes in both early and election day votes.  We may reduce their lead or overcome it now.

  •  Voted absentee ballot (2+ / 0-)
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    ER Doc, elmo

    We don't have early voting in MI but anyone 60 or over can vote absentee.

    Straight ticket Dem all the way. I was tempted to write in someone for county prosecutor since the Republican is unopposed. The only person I could think of was my own lawyer and I don't think he would want the job. ;)

    My first presidential election was in '72 and I wrote in Shirley Chisholm. Even though we got stuck with Nixon, I am proud of that vote for a highly qualified black woman.

    RIP Congresswoman Chisholm. You paved the way for many.

    Re-elect Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI). Screw Pete Hoekstra.

    by BitterEnvy on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 09:23:41 AM PDT

  •  Not yet... (2+ / 0-)
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    ER Doc, elmo

    Early voting starts here in Florida on Saturday thanks to the party of voter suppression limiting early voting days and hours.

    If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin. --- Charles Darwin

    by coracii on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 09:24:03 AM PDT

  •  I voted, and diaried my experience. (1+ / 0-)
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    Here is my diary on the topic:

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 09:27:02 AM PDT

  •  I voted on Tuesday, (1+ / 0-)
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    the first day of early voting in Louisiana.  It took about an hour and a half.  

    I read that about 38,000 voted on the first day, up significantly from 32,000 in 2008.

    Public policy based upon superstition is never a good idea.

    by gerard w on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 09:30:21 AM PDT

  •  In Oregon, it is all Vote by Mail (1+ / 0-)
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    It is a great system that has produced very high participation.

    I have never been able to figure out if Fox is the propaganda arm of the Republican party or is the Republican Party the political subsidiary of Fox.

    by Dave from Oregon on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 09:32:27 AM PDT

  •  I voted last Friday... (1+ / 0-)
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         Minnesota doesn't have formal "early voting," and still requires you to state a reason you need an absentee ballot, but simply stating that you will be away on election day is adequate. Many request absentee ballots by mail, of course, but the county auditors will allow you to fill out the request form at the desk, then hand you the proper ballot for your precinct and provide an area with voting booths to fill out your ballot, essentially identical to the ones at my polling place. The ballot is then placed in the envelope you would have used to mail it back and stored until election day. It functions more or less as early voting, although the votes aren't counted until then. There was actually a small line at the office in Brainerd last Friday afternoon, with two employees working full-time with the in-person absentee voting. Eight other people were there going through the same process while I got mine done. They even had the same little red-on-white "I voted" stickers they hand out at the polling places.

    -7.25, -6.26

    We are men of action; lies do not become us.

    by ER Doc on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 09:43:35 AM PDT

  •  No early voting in NY:( (0+ / 0-)
  •  I voted the day I got my ballot, (0+ / 0-)

    since I had made up my mind on everything except the water district.

    I did read everything in the voter pamphlet about the candidates running for the at-large position.  I voted for the one I thought best qualified for the job and wrote in my second choice for the position nobody filed for.

    And I turned in my ballot at one of the library collection boxes the day after I filled it out.

    My daughter has been working on hers this week.  She has too much to do this weekend to make any side trips, and asked me to turn hers in for her when I go to the library.

    Yes, I go to the library several times a week.  Why do you ask?

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 10:16:42 AM PDT

  •  3 for 3 in the elmo household (0+ / 0-)

    Our daughter and I voted on Monday morning, right after early voting started. Mr. elmo was a slacker and only managed to vote yesterday morning. We'll give him some leeway, though, because he was at a trial during voting hours on Monday and Tuesday, and dashed into vote on Wednesday morning before his trial resumed.

    Anyone who can vote early, should! Bank those votes! And for those of you in swing states, it will make the campaign's election day GOTV task much easier.

    •  In some states like mine :-) it gets you off the (0+ / 0-)

      phone list as well, for all the campaigns which use the daily BoE 'these people already voted, and those did not as of this morning' , a service our BoE offers. No more phone calls or door knocking on my door. A nice side effect, since I am doing some of that door knocking and phoning. Those thinking of early voting whose BoEs offer that, should remember it. Nobody wants an election lost because too many of their neighbors forgot their ballot, sitting on the dining room table or lost among the bills.

  •  Absentee ballot mailed last Tuesday (0+ / 0-)

    for me and my wife.

    The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past - Milan Kundera

    by Suvro on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 10:26:03 AM PDT

  •  mailed it in last weak. week. whatever. (0+ / 0-)

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 10:34:26 AM PDT

  •  Voted in-person last week, all Dems (0+ / 0-)

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 11:22:40 AM PDT

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