Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Votin' Small Town Style

So, today I went and exercised my right to vote, and I sincerely hope you did too. 

I stopped at this tiny building on the side of the road, that backs up to a cow pasture.  I had my driver's license in hand, but didn't need it as the gentleman checking me in was a bus driver/farmer that I see each day at work.  There were less than ten of us squeezed into this building.  Two stations with paper ballots for scanning and one computer station.  The two folks filling out their paper ballots were helping each other fill in the correct circles. I chose the computer station and was out in no time flat.  
 


When I first moved out to the farmette, I voted at a small country store.  You know the kind where elderly farmers sit around the wood stove and chat the afternoon away?  It would have all been just fine if I had been able to vote inside the store, but no!  They sent me around the building to a.....closet?  The ceiling looked as if it was about to fall in on top of me and to make matters more uncomfortable, I was the only woman present at the time. My vote was cast and counted....old men and bad ceilings be darned.  

Wherever your location today, I hope you take the time to make an informed decision.  If you are on the east coast dealing with lack of power, long lines, and stressful conditions, you have my total admiration. 

"A vote is like a rifle:  its usefulness depends upon the character of the user."  

Theodore Roosevelt


36 comments:

  1. i did early voting last week in the back of the courthouse annex building so i wouldn't have to seek out my precinct's location today. :)

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  2. Thank you for voting...I love your location...I voted last week at city hall...

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  3. Love this quote, it's so true!!!
    Happy Voting

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  4. I voted in the community ballroom. One of the poll workers had home-made cookies there for everybody, and since everyone knew her, they were happy to take one.

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  5. I've never missed an election in my country. And I would love to vote in a closet, believe me!!

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  6. Your use of Roosevelt's quote is the second time today I've read it. It was used in our local newspaper today, as well.

    I voted early this year. Don't think I've missed but one or two elections of any kind since I turned 18 lo those many years ago.

    If we don't vote, we have no right to complain in my book.

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  7. Went with my son for his first presidential election--what a vote to remember! (He chose the paper ballot, I chose the computer.)

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  8. I love that you voted no matter what you had to go through! That is the true meaning of democracy. We vote by mail here in WA state. Love that! I used to wait in very long lines at our little country church here in town. Love that the lines were long - everyone came out! Happy election day! xx

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  9. LOVE THIS!

    We voted on absentee ballots cause we're on the road. I sure hope people exercised their hard won freedom to vote.

    We've been in a small, small, but wonderful town in Texas for a few days and loving every minute and all the people, who have time to visit.

    Sharon

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  10. My thanks to you Michelle for voting..Hoping that ALL Americans recognize the Blessing that we have in being free to vote...I voted in the early voting.
    That building is small....what else do they use it use for? I love your small town life!!
    Shug

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  11. Cute little spot for voting! :)

    Our place used to be in the fire station. Now it's in one of the church's gyms.
    And the line wasn't too bad but I heard it was early in the morning.

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  12. I guess I am lucky. I vote in the County courthouse which is 1/2 a block from my home. The voting machines (along with the table heaped high with food for the all day voting attendants) is right inside the lobby doors. I have absolutely no excuse if I were to not go and vote.

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  13. We have mail in votes in Oregon, which I really love. We voted in our recliners, side by side, discussing the issues and measures. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  14. I am amazed that this little building is the voting place! The smallest building in Smalltownville.

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  15. I voted at a local elementary school. It was much larger, but didn't have the charm of your location! :)

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  16. The right to vote is very important no matter what side of the border you live in. We are truly lucky to have that right.
    I can see you in the closet with the scary ceiling:) B

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  17. We vote in the VFW...used to be in someone's garage years ago...but moved because it was easier to get to the VFW...paper vote here...it's faster and easier...our computers are sort of crazy...so paper's easier...great post!

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  18. We usually vote in schools, so I have time to explore again my old one.

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  19. Thanks for casting your vote. Voting is democracy at its best. :)

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  20. I did vote, with all 3 boys in tow. Thankfully, there was no line :-)

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  21. Everything you share about your town makes me want to see it in person. It must really be so so beautiful. The quote at the end is so correct. Here in India we vote in schools! Have a nice day Michelle :)

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  22. My polling place closed and I was sent a mail in ballot. I filled it in and hand delivered to another pricinct. Had to get my sticker! :-)

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  23. From the sound of the cheering on the audio I guess you make the right decision? ! Nice shot!

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  24. I did vote, and I love the photo. I think now that the election is over, I would like to move to a little secluded place just like that.

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  25. It is over be that what it may -- lets hope that we can come together -- barbara

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  26. An experience to remember. It is a precious thing to be able to vote, especially for women who had such a hard battle to gain that right.

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  27. this is great. In my precinct we vote in a church. (the whole "in God we Trust" vs. separation of church and state is not lost on me) it usually takes me 10 minutes to vote. It took 40. I know people were in lines in some places for up to 2 hours but I was floored. 40 minutes is 4 times longer than I have ever stood in line in this precinct.
    That quote rocks.
    I love that is comparing voting to rifles. I have friends who'd just choke on that. hah!

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  28. This year was my first time voting in a small town and I LOVED it. No long lines, pens to mark the ballots and friendly people. It was great!

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  29. Perfect quote! Love your small voting story :)

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  30. Love your description of rural voting... And although no waiting for me here in S CA, hard to imagine some of the areas covered by the news with long lines and 3 hour wait times. I wouldn't have the patience for that!

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  31. LOVE YOUR BLOG! LOVE THE COUNTRY LIFE TOO~I AM YOUR NEWEST FOLLOWER! I WANT TO SEE MORE OF YOUR PAST POSTS...HAVE A BLESSED DAY! FROM ONE SWEETIE TO ANOTHER~~~ROXIE

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  32. That's awesome! Posts like this make me want to live in Small Town, U.S.A.

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