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Friday, October 21, 2016

I Have Voted

Yesterday I studied the voter's pamphlet. I marked my choices in the pamphlet for all of the ballot measures and the state offices and the judges and the national offices.

Then  my ballot came in the afternoon mail. I set it aside until today. 

Here in Washington State we have all mail-in elections. Ballots began arriving in the mail this week. It is with great anticipation that many of my women friends have been awaiting this day; this day when we can mark our ballots for the women of our choice.

Oh, there were a few good men too. All in all, I voted for fifteen women, many of them judges or state representatives. Of course there was Patty Murray, our wonderful US Senator. I voted for them not just because they were women, but because they were the better choices. 
 And I voted for HER!  It was emotional. I got tears in my eyes, and a great sense of relief flooded over me. I still feel on the edge of tears. What an election season it has been. But I'm done with it. 
 My friend told me at breakfast this morning that she had filled in all of the candidate bubbles. She still has to decide on the ballot measures, but she called her sister-in-law who lives nearby and told that her ballot was signed and that if anything happened to her before she completed it to make sure that it got mailed. This is important!

Now mine is signed and stamped and ready for the postal box! I plan to help make history again. November 8th can't come soon enough!

I want to thank all of you who commented on my last post. We are a community of strong women and a few good men. Most of us are of one mind on this election, but I especially want to thank the one who had the courage to stand up for her differing convictions. And to the one who said merely "Good-by", that's OK too. I will still continue to be political from time to time. If my message is unpleasant for you, why stick around. God speed. 

And now I'm just going to go be quiet for awhile. Maybe my kitty will come sit on me and purr. 

17 comments:

  1. People have to remember that voting is crucial. That's what changed our last government. So you've done your civic duty. Our elections are much simpler. we vote for one person in our constituency to represent us in parliament.

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  2. The important thing is that you voted! I hope there is a good turnout. Lately I have been reading about The History of the Electoral College, it is interesting. :)

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  3. Oh dear, I almost missed this post. Our ballots came today and I am so excited. Who would have thought in my lifetime I would get to vote for the first black president and the first woman president (I hope).

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  4. Oh my gosh! I just wrote a post to go up next week about this exact same thing. Too wonderful. We are of the same mind! I love your smile!

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  5. I am a great believer in using your vote. It is a wonderful process to ensure that your opinion is counted and valued.

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  6. We looked yesterday for our ballot in our post office box, but not yet. Perhaps today. And they I will go do exactly the same thing. Monday morning I have a date with my friend John at the coffee shop to help him fill out his ballot. He lives alone and wants it to be a community thing, so there you go. Early voting also starts in Florida on Monday and my sister will also be in line to vote. Almost there indeed. :-)

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  7. We still do the old fashioned polling place here in Vermont. I actually like it. One of my earliest memories is my maternal grandfather (a Ukrainian immigrant) carrying into the polling place in his neighborhood and telling how wonderful a place a voting booth could be. My son did go to the town office and vote early since he will be moved to another town by election day.

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  8. in CA we have the option. We have been 'absentee' mail voters for years. I opened the ballot this morning. Can't wait to vote, and do my part. God I hate Trump.

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  9. Being politically quiet allows dangerous minds to sway. You don't have to argue but you can certainly state why you think the way you do. And, you are correct, you can just say good-bye.

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  10. Oh how I wish we had such early voting. I am so ready to put this to bed.

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  11. I can understand how relieved you are to have marked your ballots.

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  12. We have registration and early voting in all our public library branches. My husband and I voted early for the first time ever. We're with het!

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  13. My ballot has not been filled out yet, but soon it will be. I will be voting for HER too. I'm sure that comes as no surprise to you. I wonder how many friends I have lost on FaceBook, but it surely doesn't bother me. I just don't understand the mindset that does not allow for a rational discussion of the differences that folks have when it comes to politics and religion. I was taught to exercise my First Amendment Rights at the dinner table as a child. My father always encouraged us to search out our personal beliefs and then to stand up and defend them in rational and thoughtful ways.

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  14. I've been eying the envelope but having not studied the voter pamphlet yet, haven't voted. I'm so looking forward to the whole thing being over so we can speculate about things like what the first woman president will be wearing to the inaugural ball. (You know, the relly important political issues.)

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