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Do You Remember the First Time You Voted?



My parents took a snapshot of every milestone: first day of school, first day driving, all of it — I think the only event they didn't capture was the day I cast my first ballot.

What about you? Do you have a pic of your foray into democracy? Do you remember it like it was yesterday? Was it yesterday?

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kitkatherine kitkatherine 9 years
all my "i voted stickers" are in my little volkawgen. i missed this november's elections because of school and forgetting to fill out my absentee but i'm going to get a picture with my sticker when it comes time to elect the president! i just hope i can drive there and not be absentee. my poor boyfriend will have to be absentee...... but my first election was mostly local, and mostly about our school levy. and people screamed at my senior class because they thought those who voted voted against it as a senior prank, when most seniors who bothered to vote voted for it. i actually got yelled at for it because i wouldn't tell someone what i chose and they assumed i chose no and told me i was runing my school. i finally walked away. and i had voted for it the whole time... i just never let anyone know anything about what i voted for or anything.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 9 years
I voted in the 2000 election. I voted for GW. And Joe Arpaio - looking back they were both mistakes, but hey - what's an independent girl supposed to do? don't like the alternative, choose the best you can! When I met my husband, he had never registered to vote - so I told him that if he didn't register that I wouldn't date him anymore. May have been manipulative, but it got him to see how important it was to me - and he's been a faithful voter ever since... So, I remember his first election too!
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
Stacey Cakes, That sucks! I wonder if they forgot to put mine in or if my district just doesn't do that. And I wanted a sticker so bad. I am so very in to history, government, politics (I'm going to be a Gov't and US History teacher) so I was so sad that my first time to vote I didn't get the sticker :( That's a funny story btw.
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 9 years
Oh Kikidawn, when I voted by absentee ballot, they sent me the "I Voted" sticker in with my ballot, so I wore it the day I mailed it back and confused everyone who saw me for the rest of the day.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
**Great Story
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
I've been registered ever since I turned 18 and feel like I still haven't got to vote yet. I voted once by absentee .. no sticker :( lol And in my primary (Super Tuesday) I was going to vote by absentee again... but they NEVER!! sent it to me... I still haven't got it. I would have driven the hour to go vote... but I had to babysit. So I am now going to register in my county where I go to school at and have an apt instead of where my parent's house is (still live there in the summers). So yeah I am not happy at all... I can't wait until Nov to vote in my first *BIG* election. (I just missed the '04 election by a few months :( ) Oh btw, Great Store Mandy_Frost... I would never vote for that man either!
caligirl101 caligirl101 9 years
In 2000, but things didn't really work out the way I wanted!!!
bethany21 bethany21 9 years
Levers? What are these levers? I used a paper ballot and a pencil. No, really. In 2004, no less. The City Girl- Yeah, I was pretty bummed about being too young, but I made sure to convert my parents to my candidate. ;) And I passed out fliers to my AP US History class, put up signs, attended local party meetings, etc. If only I had that kind of spare time to support my candidate this time around, when I can actually vote!!!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
Yup, it was the '04 presidential election- I was 17 for the '00 election and just missed out that year. I was in my last year at school and I skipped all my classes to drive from NY to DE to vote because I hadn't had the chance to get an absentee ballot. I felt like I was important :)
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i imagine i voted when i turned 18 for a provincial election.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
Bethany, SAME HERE! I missed it by a month, but used my time to campaign and volunteer, so that I could make an impact that way instead :-)
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
PJ - dont worry or feel dated, I used levers the 1st couple times I voted too!
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
I dont really remember my first time. It was some local yokal thingie. I think I was like the 8th person who had come in and voted for it that day. I remember all the volunteers looked SO bored and happy to see me.
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
How sad is it that I don't remember the actual moment? I just know that I did my civic duty & have ever since! The most fun I've ever had voting was when I was little. I always went with my Daddy who would pick me up & let me pull the levers. Of course, he told me which ones to pull first. I always got the sticker! It was fun. I always felt like such a big girl. Now that I have the added responsibility of picking the right candidate, the fun has been sucked right out of it! LaLa, How's that for dating myself? I remember being disappointed that I didn't get to use the lever system, my first official time! I'll bet most of the Sugar posters have never even seen a lever style voting system!
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
Incidentally, I still cry when I vote.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
were :)
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I cried the first time I voted. There was generations of people fighting for freedom pulsing through my veins.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
I guess I'm the old lady on these comments today. The first time I voted was the second time Bill Clinton ran. Too young the first time he ran, but turned 18 just in time for his second election. I was in college, sophomore year I think. I was really excited, honestly I still get excited about it.
annebreal annebreal 9 years
Lol mandyfrost voting in Indiana primaries is no fun, I feel your pain. I voted in the last election, but it was absentee, so I don't really count it. And I'm bummed I'm missing the special election to replace Congresswomen Julia Carson (she died a month or so ago) because I live just outside Indianapolis. Hopefully once I update my registration for here instead of my hometown, I'll stop moving around until after November! I really want to go to a polling place and go in the booth as dumb as that sounds.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
My first election was the 2000 Presidential Election. I voted for Ralph Nader because I knew Gore would win Washington and I just wanted to make a point. I had to vote by absentee ballot though because I was away at school in Massachusetts. I remember being up late on the phone with my best friend back home lamenting the results.
Daisie Daisie 9 years
Lol! Great story mandy!
mandy_frost mandy_frost 9 years
hehe; for me, my first vote was while I was 17 Because I turned 18 in 2000 but after the Indiana primary, my first vote was as a 17 year old. I was a registered Republican (though I am a STRONG Democrat) b/c all of the lower level races usually have only Republicans running. By the time it got to Indiana, though, George Bush was the only R Presidential contender left. I knew then that I couldn't stand him, and I remember yelling from the voting booth, "Mom, I don't like George Bush and do NOT want to vote for him. What do I do?" My mom reassured me that I could leave the Pres blank and vote for the other offices and that would make a statement too. Needless to say, I've never voted for the man, even when he was my only option.
lcterp lcterp 9 years
I remember, it was the '04 election.
millarci millarci 9 years
I remember voting for Al Gore which I believe was my first time voting.
bethany21 bethany21 9 years
I was more excited about the "I Voted" sticker than the candidate himself. It was a bad year. It was...2004. lol And I was so angry that I was just barely too young in 2000, but I was soooo passionate and opinionated.
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