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.