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I Voted.

November 4, 2008

rockyrun1

In 2004, I went to my local polling station at 6:30 am for the General Election and found no line.  I was in and out in less than 5 minutes.

In 2008, I went to my local polling station at 6:30 am for the General Election and found a long line.  I was in and out in an hour and a half.

Some observations:

  • I saw a lot of young people.  Young people brimming with enthusiasm, with smiles on their faces.  The old adage/myth that “young people don’t show up on Election Day” appears to be completely busted this year.
  • There were two campaign tables — one for McCain, one for Obama — at the line of demarcation for campaigning.  The two people seated at the McCain table were nearly ignored, save for one gentleman behind me in line who asked for a sticker.  The Obama table was manned by four people and were very engaged and friendly with the crowd.  Again, just an observation.
  • My district offered a choice — paper ballot or electronic voting machine.  There were about a dozen paper ballot stations, and one electronic voting machine.  The machine was gathering dust.  When given the choice, people apparently chose “paper trail.”  Especially with Virginia now being a battleground state.
  • Reading the faces of people as they lined up (completely unscientifically), you saw either A) an enthusiastic voter excited to be part of the Democratic process, or B)  a bitter voter annoyed that the line was so long.  I’ll leave it to you to figure out who supported whom.

Sidebar:  Here in the eleventh hour, a Republican pundit on CNN is unrelenting in his “analysis” of the massive young voter turnout:

I will say that McCain does have challenges, but they’re not insurmountable.  If a young person will just stop and think, and not get wrapped up in the gauzy rhetoric, they will see that we have a President — someone aspiring to be President — who wants to penalize productivity, increase the welfare state, and is a radical Chicago leftist who has a paper-thin resume.  So, young people should pull the lever for McCain!

As exciting as this election season has been, I’ll be glad when it’s over.

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