US Persephoneers: Did You Vote Yet?

I just got back from my polling place, where the people in my neighborhood were lined up around the block. It’s cold, dark, and there are six inches of fog on the ground, but we were out there anyway. 

Do your civic duty, and get out there and vote! I don’t care who you vote for, but I insist you go make yourself heard. You’re all brilliant, our country will benefit from your input. Tell us all about your polling place stories here when you get back. I’ll put on the coffee. Here’s a little inspiration music, because election days call for unadulterated cheese.

By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

14 replies on “US Persephoneers: Did You Vote Yet?”

I voted early this morning.

I was very sleepy.

Going that early was my boyfriend’s bright idea, because today is also his birthday, and he wanted to go up and see his parents before my class today. So…we got there not too long after they opened.

I would very much like to not be awake then.

But I got a sticker, and I wore it to class today!

I just voted! Thankfully they let us out of work early, specifically so we’d be able to vote. It was a bit strange being back in my old church to vote- all my previous voting has been at college, so little atheist me hasn’t set foot in that place in years. Totally worth it!

I just went and voted with my whole family after we ate lunch together. There was no like at all, although my mom did take forever to finish up. It was my sister’s first time voting, and she was so proud to put on her “I Voted” sticker and have actually earned it. (She always wanted them after my parents went to vote when she was younger.)

I was feeling really stressed about the whole election earlier, but somehow casting my vote made me feel so much more at peace. I know my vote won’t sway my state’s overall vote, which is always the same, but I got to say my part anyway, which I think is important. :)

Jon and I got up at 5:30 am so we could be at our voting place at 6 when they opened. Except they opened at 7. Doh. Luckily, I had an absentee ballot (just in case, but I really like the act of voting) in the car, so I filled it out and turned it in, then begged them to still give me a sticker. Which they did. Lovies.

On the even brighter side, I got SO much done this morning with an extra hour and a half added to my day.

Happy voting, y’all!

Story that I think you would all like.

My second time voting in a presidential election was 2008. In 2004, I had been off at college, but had since moved back to my hometown. I had a separate polling place than my mom.

Since my car was in the shop and it was raining out, I asked if my mom could drive the three miles to my apartment so she could bring me to my polling place, one mile away.

She was free that evening, so we went together. After we left, as we were getting into the car, she asked what I would have done if I hadn’t been able to get a ride. I told her they I would have walked-it was only a mile, after all.

And then, suddenly, my mother was crying. Because she felt that, in that moment, she had succeeded as a parent. It was a little awkward, but even though my mom had always taken my sister and I to the polls as kids, we didn’t really discuss politics in my family (my mom and dad are different sides of the political fence), so it was a learning experience for me, too, about how much my mom cared.

I voted in the primaries on the ‘actual’ day, but since I’m now working in the Greater Downtown Raleigh NC area, the early-voting place is a block away (well, technically you have to cross the street TWICE so it’s a tad more than a block, the horror), so I did that last week. They had curbside voting as well. Took less than ten minutes from leaving my desk to returning to my desk. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the cluster-boink that was election-day voting ever again!

Unfortunately (?) my oldest son is two days too young to vote this time around. He was born on an election day and they kept offering me absentee ballots when I was in labor…

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