Monday, November 3, 2008

The Day is Here



This could have been a line to anywhere. As it was, this particular line several blocks long in downtown Cincinnati on a Monday afternoon, leading to history.

I'm proud to say I was the first person to finish filling out my ballot at my precinct at 6:45 this morning. Will be among those who do as well?

The time has come. As a working journalist, I can't ethically use my blog to advocate for any political candidate. But I can emphatically say this: if you're able-bodied and eligible but choose not to vote today, you have abdicated the fundamental right and obligation that comes with American citizenship. Pull the lever for whom you will, but make sure you pull it.

*I'll be back to the economy tomorrow. In the meantime, if you've got a cameraphone on you and are passing a polling station today, email me a quick picture and let me know what state you're from. I'd like to chronicle the turnout in a photo gallery tomorrow.*

7 comments:

Butterrfly said...

wow! I'm so proud of America today! *sniff* Full participation in government... that's true patriotism! *applause*

Velvet Jones said...

My dad and I voted this morning. My mom will vote this afternoon. One thing I saw a lot of was young people, which made me feel so good.

Thesis said...

I wish i had pics of long lines to post family! When I went it was just Aleks and I and a few people. lol. Total estimated time for vote........... 8.9 minutes!

DevaDonna said...

Hey, my cam isn't the best, but trust me, the line was off the hook! The polling place is literally across the street from my house, and I got there at 6:45 and left at 9:15...I was number 170!

Chris said...

I know that too many of my ancestors and elders gave their lives so that we could even have the right to vote. I wasn't going to spit on their legacy by sitting home and doing nothing. I voted as soon as the polls opened this morning and felt good about it. Now the waiting game begins.

TSM (The Style Maverick) said...

The past few weeks have proven to be an incredible display of what it truly means to be an American, an active citizen making sound decisions that will eventually turn out to affect all of us in the long run. I must say that all night I couldn't sleep due to anticipation of getting to the polls as soon as they opened. My polling location was less than five minutes away from my home, but I still had to be in line almost an hour before the doors opened. There was indeed an hour-long wait in line, but what really made it all worth it was knowing that I would be a major part of history in the making along with all of the young people, the whole families and even the retirees in line with me, before me and after me. It warmed my heart and I'm still smiling even as I write this. Way to go America! Let's restore this country through power of unity, faith and most of all, love. This is such an incredible day!

klutchkinnerann said...

i saw a lot of young people at my polling place, too. total time--from car to casting ballot: 5 minutes!