I love voting!! I get all happy and sentimental and patriotic and love everyone I see at my polling place. It doesn't matter if they are voting the same way I am - they are participating in democracy, and this is a wonderful thing.
I could have gotten an absentee ballot, in fact we thought we would have to, since my husband had a training in Southern California originally scheduled for this week, but we ended up rescheduling that and getting to vote in person. There is something so special about actually physically going to your polling place, marking your ballot in the little booth, turning it in, and getting your "I Voted" sticker! I harks back to town hall meetings and a simpler time, in a way. But more than that, I made my voice heard! No matter what happens, I had my say - even if it doesn't turn out that my votes were in the majority, they still counted and I got to officially express my wishes for the future of my country. What a powerful feeling!
Here in Bishop (population about 3500) there was no waiting, but in other places where I've voted, waiting in line is actually fun. There is a wonderful camaraderie among the voters - I think everyone must share that feeling of participation in something beautiful and important.
Of course, it doesn't hurt that there's no Bush on the ballot!! And this election means real change, for the first time in 8 years. And if the front runners in both parties stay in front, I think I'll be happy no matter who wins in the end. The environment has become almost as big an issue for the rest of the country as it always has been for me, and because of the Democratic candidates, the excitement about making history is palpable!
I feel hopeful for the future of our country for the first time in a while. I hope we can regain our senses, our values, our standing in the world, and our constitution!! It will be a long haul, and a lot of work, since we've gone SO far down the wrong paths, but I feel hope that that work will soon be started.
I've Voted, Have You?