Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Merrillee here, writing her blog the night before. When you read this tomorrow, maybe all of the election results will be in. Like many of you, I am glad this round of electioneering is over. What will I do when the phone rings and there isn't a robo call for a politician on the other end? I will probably find a phone solicitor on the other end.

Although I complain about the lengthy political season, and I don't always like political speeches, I have to admit that I am somewhat of a political junky. I like to see the election returns come in. I like to go to the polls and cast my ballot on election day. No early voting or absentee voting for me unless it is absolutely necessary. I treasure the opportunity to vote.

I believe my maternal grandfather sparked my interest in politics when I was a little girl. I was visiting him and my grandmother and got to stay up late and watch the Democrat National Convention the year John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson were vying for their party's nomination for president. I guess that certainly dates me. I thought the roll call of states was fascinating. I don't think the conventions are nearly as interesting as they were back then. I wonder what my grandfather would think of politics now.

Everyone says that you shouldn't talk about religion or politics. I like to talk about both.

How about you? How do you like to vote?


Stephanie Newton said...

I like to vote on election day. And living in Florida just reiterates how important every single vote is!

Steph :)

Ramona Richards said...

I like to vote early for a pretty silly reason - our early voting station is in the library. I love going their when the rest of the stacks are dark, when the smell of the old books is strongest.

And my mom started taking me with her to vote when I was three! And, yep, that was the Kennedy/Johnson vote. Definitely a family tradition that voting is vital.

Lyn Cote said...

My mother inspired me to vote by telling me that my grandmother was a wife and mother of many before she was able to vote. We women must never take our right to vote for granted. Many, many women gave up their private lives and suffered much to give us this right! Yah, Susan B Anthony!!!

Merrillee said...

I didn't live in Florida during the infamous 2000 vote, but our daughter did.

Merrillee said...

I love your reason for voting early. Our early voting place isn't nearly so nice. I actually think the lines are longer for early voting here.

Merrillee said...

Thanks for the reminder about the women who went before us so that we have the right to vote. Sometimes, I take that right for granted, and I shouldn't.