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Primary Election voting experience April 22, 2008

I have no photos, just a list of observances from my voting experience today:

1. I was registered with my maiden name and I only had one form of ID. It had my married name on it. I was still allowed to vote.
2. There was no line at 6:30.
3. There were no party/delegate supporters anywhere outside.
4. There were many signs: the only Democratic sign was for Clinton that was mostly covered by a Ron Paul Sign.
5. The other voters in the Fire House were all Republicans. I felt slightly uncomfortable with my bright pink “Democrat” slip of paper (The Republican slip was pale blue).
6. Our neighbors (the ones we don’t really like) were there.

That’s about it. It was kind of surreal. I was expecting more excitement, I guess. As Matt and I were driving home from work on Broad Street through North Philadelphia, there were crazy Obama supporters yelling out to the passing cars. That was fun.


Election 2008: Voting March 19, 2008

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Even though at this point I a) have no idea who to vote for and b) am not even sure I should vote, I came across this interesting list of the Top Ten Reasons to Vote from the “Youth Noise” website. Here is the list if you don’t feel like clicking on the link:

Top 10 Reasons to Vote

10. So you can complain.
If you are eligible to vote, but choose not to, we don’t have to listen to your whining!

9. It’s your right.
Young people, women and underrepresented groups all fought hard for the right to vote. And even today there are countries where people are still dying for the right to vote.

8. Representation.
Does it seem as if politicians are a bunch of old white males? Well, in Congress only 13 percent of members are of color, and only 14 percent are women. Want to change it? Vote.

7. Fashion.
You get to wear an “I Voted” sticker — definitely fashionable.

6. More federal money…
for youth programs, the environment, HIV/AIDS or breast cancer research…whatever your cause! Where do the candidates stand on your issue? Find out and make sure your concerns are their concerns.

5. To cancel out someone else’s vote.
Whether it’s your Dad, your Mom, your teacher, or your soccer coach — you probably know someone who is going to vote the opposite of you.

4. To bust the stereotype!
“Young people are lazy, they don’t care, they won’t vote.” That’s what they say. Let’s prove them wrong.

3. If you don’t vote, someone else will.
Our government was designed for citizen participation, so if you don’t vote – other people are going to make the decisions for you.

2. Every vote counts.
The 2000 Presidential election proved how close things can get, so really every vote counts.

Want to make some? Then vote!


America actually got it right November 28, 2007

I’ll admit it.  I watched Dancing with the Stars for a second year in a row.  I was sucked in last year when Apolo Anton Ohno was one of the stars and thus the addiction began.  I became disheartened this year when a certain outspoken and disillusioned “entertainer” and doll-maker kept getting voted through and ended up getting enough votes for a slot in the top three couples.  Before the finale last night I had bouts of panic and my confidence rating in the intelligence of the American people kept dropping lower than it had ever been before. 

But America pulled through last night.  Julianne and Helio earned their well-deserved mirror-ball trophy, the doll-maker came in third, and all was right with the world.

Now let’s see if America can pull through again next year when it comes time to voting in the presidential election.  One can hope.

Julianne and Helio’s award-winning quickstep: