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Ladies and gentlemen, today I, Shay Alexander Caron, voted in my first ever United States election. Does voting always feel this satisfying? ^_^ My shift at work today starts at 2 PM (I have a very erratic schedule), so there was plenty of time. Just so you know, I voted for Kerry and against straight marriage. [snicker] Well, not really, but I'm sure that's what the loonies would say.

So, yes, I voted for John Kerry. And not because he's "not Bush", but because I honestly think he'll make a good president. I'm a bit ashamed of myself, though. I didn't even look up all the other candidates I'd be voting on -- you know, for things like judge and sheriff and the Michigan Supreme Court. I pretty much went Democratic, since that's the way I seem to be leaning these days. In the next election, I'll get started the month before and decide on everything before I go in, promise.

And I voted no for both of Michigan's propositions. #1 was about requiring a vote on new casinos; I was undecided on that, but I eventually decided to go with less restriction rather than more. And #2 is a proposal to say that "marriage between one man and one woman" is all that will be allowed in Michigan, which is, and I hope you'll excuse the swear word, complete bullshit.

Everything went very smoothly. I got to the room for my district at about 10:00, and there was a very small line. I went through, almost squealed with joy at seeing my name on the registered voter list, and went to an open booth.

The Michigan ballot was very well constructed, I think. (Yeah, I had a paper ballot, which is good, because I'm not really trusting those computers just yet.) Every spot to be punched out is numbered, and the various choices all have the corresponding numbers next to them. So once I pulled the ballot out, I could check the numbers to be sure I made the right votes.

And then I came home, with a little "I VOTED" sticker on my shirt. ^_^ Not particularly eventful, but I feel really good about it. However my state goes, whatever the nation decides, I did my part.

Oh, and I wore my black hooded sweatshirt, with indigoskynet and the Mosh video in mind. [grin]

Feeling: satisfied satisfied
Listening to: Masterplan - Spirit Never Dies

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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 2nd, 2004 08:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Isn't it a cool feeling? I didn't get a sticker, though, which I'm bummed about, but total joy at going in and doing the voting thing.

I also feel like I should have spent more time learning local candidates... but most of mine were running uncontested!
thjorska From: thjorska Date: November 2nd, 2004 08:39 am (UTC) (Link)
The bisexuals and homosexuals of the world thank you, man. I just hope more smart people voted.

Pity, that, that the ones who vote most often are the old, belligerent, bigoted right-wingers who just blindly follow their party... *sigh*

Come back Communism, all is forgiven.
cumaeansibyl From: cumaeansibyl Date: November 2nd, 2004 08:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, if the young, cynical left-wingers would stop thinking they're so smart for figuring out that the system is corrupt and just VOTE ANYWAY, we wouldn't have that problem. :)
thjorska From: thjorska Date: November 2nd, 2004 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, don't look at me. I may be young, and cynical, and a raving socialist, but I know the power of a vote... that, and I'm not afraid to incite an armed uprising against a corrupt government and lay down my life for the freedom of others.
mafdet From: mafdet Date: November 2nd, 2004 08:54 am (UTC) (Link)
As a Crotchety Old Maid Left-Winger, I agree with you. Yes, there is plenty of corruption and plenty to be angry about. But votes DO count and we do get the democracy we deserve.
mafdet From: mafdet Date: November 2nd, 2004 08:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations on your first election and yay for doing your civic duty! I often wonder what it would be like in this country if EVERYONE eligible got off their duffs and voted...

It's almost 9 AM here in CA so I get to go vote shortly after I type these words. (There are times it stinks to live in a time zone where everyone else is so ahead of you...sigh...)

I'm voting for Kerry, and am glad you did the same...but really...what matters is that people just VOTE...
booboosnitsnit From: booboosnitsnit Date: November 2nd, 2004 09:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Did you know that in Michigan, you can't vote via absentee ballot your first election? You have to vote in person. If anything is complete bullshit, that sure is. Then I find out yesterday, yes yesterday, that I could have actually voted in Indiana, although to be very honest, voting in Indiana doesn't mean jack. The state has only gone Democratic once in US history. So, I'm very angered that I'm not able to vote in my home state, a swing state by the way, because Michigan has some stupid ass rule about first time voters. Sorry Michigan, I couldn't just drop all my very important classes and labs some random Tuesday and drive five hours up to Michigan to vote. Grrrrrr... sorry, I'm bitter, and I feel for all the rest of the out of state college students from Michigan who can't even vote in the first election that they're over 18. Ah well, hopefully the rest of the country isn't truly as stupid and redneck as I sometimes think they are, and hopefully we won't have to deal with four more years of this crap. KERRY/EDWARDS! WOOOOOO!

-Shae, hi Shay
calophi From: calophi Date: November 2nd, 2004 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, the loonies WOULD say that. But you voted pro-PEOPLE-marriage. Any human should be able to marry any other human. Period. There's no real reason other than religious to deny gays the right to be married.

Anyway, that isn't why I voted for Kerry. Gay rights and abortion rights aren't really important issues for me. I'm all about removing that loophole that's letting businesses make more money by outsourcing tech jobs to other countries. ^_^

And I'm also all for keeping morons out of office...and Kerry at least SOUNDS educated. XD
poocahp From: poocahp Date: November 2nd, 2004 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gah. Well. Consider yourself lucky you're not in a Swing State

Hello, Pennsylvania. What? You want to see Political Commercials (and in class, with signs, any possible medium, etc) twenty-four hours a day? What a splendid idea. In fact, perhaps we can mangage to make you all SO sick of this election that you look forward to November 2nd just so it all *finally* ends? Great. It's a deal.

...

Enough is enough, I tell you.
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