In Which Voting Will Not Be Done Early

The numbers for early voting seem to be outrageously large, and that’s a great thing. Early voting, it seems, is an unqualified success, especially in an election like this where the two options are so different. When so many people feel so passionately about either candidate, any option to get more people to vote is a worthwhile exercise.

But I won’t be voting early. If you know me, you know I’ve got a fascination with history, and with that comes a healthy respect for dates and tradition. So for me, it’s a hugely important thing to go vote next Tuesday, election day, and stand in line with millions of others to vote for Barack Obama. For whatever reason, I feel like there is no option for me this election about on which day I should vote. I will go to the polls on November 4 and will vote for the first African American candidate in history (although there are really fascinating and probable theories about previous historical candidates being at least part African American, even people like Lincoln), the first candidate in my lifetime to speak of this type of sea change in the way we do things in America, and the first candidate I have ever been excited, hopeful, and passionate about.

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7 thoughts on “In Which Voting Will Not Be Done Early

  1. Our generation has only ever seen two families in the White House. We were too young to remember Reagan. It’s no wonder we’re jaded.

  2. That comment should not be construed as to imply that if we did remember Reagan we would not be jaded.

  3. sarah says:

    alan keyes is on the ballot, he’s african american.

    also, while obama might be an actual african american in the true sense, as his father was an african and mother an american, he is not african american like most of the african americans here in the states, since he spent most of his formative years, for better or worse, in indonesia.
    i’m just saying…it’s not we’re electing a ‘black’ man, that has risen above a failing inner city school system or life in the projects.
    i’m just saying…

  4. Josh says:

    i realize that, sarah. obama has had the advantages of an education and upbringing that a lot of african americans haven’t had. but that doesn’t really change my point. and i don’t think alan keyes is on the ballot. i could write him in, i guess, but i’m not voting for obama because he’s black.

  5. sarah says:

    i didnt mean to insinuate that you were, my apologies- i was only pointing out that he is not the first african american to run for president. (alan keyes is on the ballot, in ohio anyway, running under the constitutional party.) it just seems to me that race has become a serious issue in this election…and it shouldn’t be.

  6. Wes says:

    Keyes was definitely not on the ballot here in Texas.

  7. Josh says:

    yeah, wasn’t here either. chuck baldwin was the constitution party guy here. and there’s no way i’m voting for one of the baldwin brothers.

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