The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. I was so excited that I woke up at 4:30 a.m. and got online to check the news. I got to my polling place at 6:30 a.m. and the line was already long. I finally voted around 7:30, which was a smooth process. There was one person in front of me who showed up at the wrong polling place, which slowed things down a little.
(I must say that his same girl had her voter registration card, which always prints the polling place on the card–at least that’s they way they do it in Georgia.)
I must admit that I wasn’t as excited about today a week ago. Even last night, I was still ambivalent about the history-making aspect of today. But, when I woke up, I felt this rush of excitement and urgency. Sure, I’ve voted in the past. But, I had this URGE to vote. I HAD to vote today. I’ve never felt this drive to actually vote, not even in the 2004 election when people were fed up with President Bush and the Republican propaganda machine.
So, where did this urge come from? Maybe it’s a signal of the changing tide of what’s going on in the country. For many of us who are in our 20s, it’s actually cool to be a voter. It’s actually hip to be involved in the electoral process. It’s actually commendable to know what’s going on in local, state and national politics. Voting is the new black of the season.
So, like a dork, I will proudly wear this sticker all day.
What has been your voting experience? Did anyone have this sense of urgency to vote?