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TexasLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 10:53 AM
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I just voted for the first time in my life
Edited on Mon Oct-18-04 10:54 AM by texaslady
and I am 41. The ballot was really strange.

There were three or four places where there was only a Republican, so I left it blank. On the far right was a list of people in a gray box who had already been voted in, so I couldnt figure that whole thing out.

One candidate was an independent and a friend of ours, so we did vote for him.(It was my husband's first time as well). There was no dem for that slot.

Anyways, I put my little arrows together, and even though this is *bush country, I feel pretty good that I went.


Do yall know that I have my deceased grandmother's voter registration from I believe the sixties, and another from when she voted for the first time for FDR? It means even more to me now than ever.

Thanks for letting me share.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 10:54 AM
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1. Congratulations
And I hope you have not voted for the last time.
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topgun77 Donating Member (26 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 10:55 AM
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2. Congrats!
Thats great!
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 10:56 AM
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3. Three cheers for you!
My first vote was for Jimmy Carter in the California Democratic primary election of 1976.

I have never failed to vote.

I have never abstained on any office or issue in any election.

Thank you for participating!

:toast:
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DemBones DemBones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 01:31 PM
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18. That's great, but not everyone believes in voting "for" someone

whom they don't really support or about whom they know nothing. I won't argue which way is best but why not just congratulate a new voter instead of posting something that implies a putdown of her actions?

:shrug:

I've been voting since 1968 but I've missed some elections for illness or other good reasons, or because I felt that a referendum was meaningless and not worth my time. Voting could be made more convenient for the electorate so that everyone could vote in every election if they chose to do so.


A toast to all voters for making the effort whenever they could and believed thr trip to the polls was worth it.

:toast:
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 02:07 PM
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27. I meant no put-down, expressed or implied
n/t
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DemBones DemBones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 03:54 PM
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31. Then I apologize for misreading what

evidently was only pride in your own voting record. I'm sorry that I misunderstood.
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Bluzmann57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 10:56 AM
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4. Congratulations!
Glad you exercised your rights in what's left of our democracy. :toast:
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undergroundrailroad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 10:57 AM
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5. Congratulations!
Undergroundrailroad :hi:
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Sydnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 10:57 AM
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6. Congrats on keeping alive a family tradition!!! n/t
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 10:59 AM
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7. Hurray for TexasLady!
May you be the first ripple of a tidal wave!!
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Career Prole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 11:02 AM
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8. "Thanks for letting me share."
And thanks for sharing! Treasure your proof of your Grandma's patriotism. Texas will be proudly Blue some day. :D
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Hell Hath No Fury Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 11:02 AM
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9. You make our founding fathers proud!
They knew the US would become nothing but another country, run by and for a few, if the people did not take their responsibility as citizens seriously by voting.

Voting is a non-violent revolution that we MUST exercise if our country is to work.

Viva le revolution!!!!!!!

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tnlefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 11:04 AM
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10. So glad that both of you decided to register and to go vote!
Doing your part is important.
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 11:11 AM
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11. Congrats on voting!
Glad, you're coming around and taking part in the democratic process.
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Kazak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 11:14 AM
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12. Whooo!!!
I love hearing this!!
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dubyaD40web Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 11:19 AM
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13. Congrats! Thanks for sharing that.....
My first vote was for none other than Bill "The Big Dog" Clinton!
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TexasLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 11:22 AM
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14. everytime i read a reply
my smile just gets bigger....thanks so much for the kudos...

now lets take back our country!!!

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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 11:44 AM
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15. WTG!
My first vote was for Jimmy Carter! I'll never forget how GOOD it felt. You're grandmother would be so proud!

Congrats! :hi:
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GoblinToe Donating Member (49 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 12:11 PM
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16. Congratulations, texaslady!
Congratulations, texaslady! It's never too late to become part of the process, and yes, it does feel good, doesn't it?

I was always apathetic about politics in my youth, and when I was eligible to vote for the first time, I couldn't care less about exercising that right. Fortunately for me, my grandmother insisted that I go to the polls, and I did so to please her. I voted for Clinton.

To this day I fondly remember the very day she brought me to the polls and ignited the slow burn that would eventually become my active roll in politics.

I'm glad you found your way to the polls as well!

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DemBones DemBones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 01:34 PM
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19. Welcome to DU, GoblinToe,

good to have another Dem onboard! :hi:
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Zing Zing Zingbah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 01:17 PM
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17. Congrats.
Edited on Mon Oct-18-04 01:17 PM by babyreblin
This is the first presidential election I've voted in. I have voted once before, but not for a president. I was old enough to vote in 2000, but I didn't vote. I was really busy with work and school at the time, plus I knew my state was going to go to Gore anyhow (which it did). I'm going to vote in every election from now on.
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bearfan454 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 01:40 PM
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20. Way to go.
Go Kerry !
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IronElder Donating Member (17 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 01:43 PM
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21. You have a new Super-Power Texaslady
Your new Super-Power is the ability to change your destiny and the destiny of this great nation. You did good
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Missy Vixen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 01:44 PM
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22. Yeah!
Congratulations, and thank you for sharing with us today!

Julie
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DemBones DemBones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 01:45 PM
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23. Very cool! I'm looking forward to voting EARLY

this year. It's a great option to offer, very helpful for people like me as I have chronic illnesses that have been known to keep me home, or see me dragging myself to the polls on Election Day. When I was healthy, it was sometimes difficult to get to the polls because of work and child care schedules, so I see this as helping many more people vote.

Congratulations on becoming part of the electorate! You should save a copy of your post with your registration and your grandmother's registration.

:toast:
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libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 01:47 PM
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24. I remember my first time. I voted for Mondale for President, Al Gore
for the Senate. I was in the Navy at the time, serving in Memphis, Tennessee. I haven't missed an election since I was 19.
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 01:48 PM
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25. Right On
:thumbsup:
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JLJ Donating Member (29 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 01:51 PM
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26. From One Texan...
To another... congrats! I know how hard it is to go against Bush here in our state. I get hell about it all day everyday. Way to stand strong!
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 02:22 PM
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28. Texas will still go for Shrub
but we can still vote to try to take back some House seats. Martin Frost is in a heated battle and I hope Morris Meyer can turn in a huge upset and take down Joe Barton. Anyhow, congratulations. I will be voting later this week. And yes, you guessed it: Straight Democratic Ticket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce:
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LagunaBeach Donating Member (6 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 02:24 PM
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29. Go Texas!
Your vote says alot!!!
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cally Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 02:27 PM
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30. Congratulations!
Let our voices be heard! I often don't vote on some of the ballot if I don't know the candidates. I hope this is a start of a lifelong habit.

What made you vote this time?
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-19-04 05:25 AM
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32. Thanks for sharing! Your story made my eyes tear up
Congratulations to both you and your husband. I'm your age, and I haven't missed an election since I was 18, but your story moved me. What you need to do is to take the time to learn about the candidates. I fault my mother for usually voting a straight Republican ticket. The same can be said for us Dems. I usually vote Democratic, if there's one running in my red district in a blue state, but if there are only Republicans, Independents and small party candidates running in a race, I try to learn what I can and pick the best of the bunch. I, also, don't vote for Republicans running unopposed, unless it's for county coroner. I figure that anyone who wants that job should have it. Again, congratulations for a job well done. :pals:
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