November 6, 2012

Elizabeth did not have school today (they have been off for three days, I still haven’t figured out why), so I had her with me this morning, and I took her to vote with me. I thought it would be a quick in-and-out, like the old days when almost no one voted. In Ohio we have been voting for a month, and the early voting lines this past weekend here in Columbus were 40 minutes long. Took us an hour … guess I blew that one.

The poll worker handling my vote told me he expects our precinct turn-out to be 75-80%, I have never seen that before. Then on the radio going back home they were reporting record level turn-outs around the state. That must be good for someone, but I don’t know who.

Anyway, back to the reason for our conversation today. My next-ex-wife woke me up to tell me not to teach Elizabeth one party or the other because Marine and I don’t vote the same way (she votes a straight party ticket). Well … I am not surprised she said that, if she really knew me she would know I never vote ANY party ticket (but then again if she really knew me we would probably not be getting a divorce).

So, anyway I decided to explain everything to Elizabeth like I have explained it to first time voters before. I explained that voting is a responsibility, not a right (my grandfather hounded that into me, and he never did tell me who he voted for). Then I explained how I found information about the issues and the candidates, and followed that up with quite a bit more information, remember I had almost an hour to kill. I answered her questions (except when she asked who I was voting for). Then we voted.

When we got back to the car I asked Elizabeth, “So, what did you learn about voting Sweetheart?” She said, “It’s not the party that is important, it is the people, and I am writing that down.”

And she is only seven … right on, you just made daddy proud.

So … who did I vote for? Well … I voted for … some D’s, some R’s, and a few that had other letters after their names (2 others to be exact). Hey, I always told ya’ll here on this page I do not take sides on politics or religion.

Now, don’t forget to vote and have a great day!


Voting (Photo credit: League of Women Voters of California)

Flag of the city of Columbus, Ohio, USA. Self-...

Flag of the city of Columbus, Ohio, USA. Self-drawn, based upon Image:Columbus city seal n6168.svg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Ohio Statehouse in Columbus where the Ohio...

The Ohio Statehouse in Columbus where the Ohio Senate meets. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am not taking sides one way or the other on the links to articles below. I put these up only as a sample of what is out there already and we still have 5 hours of voting to go. The articles below are the “related articles” recommended by my web host. Looks like it is going to be a long day (think I turn the radio off … I already quit watching TV).


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3 responses to “November 6, 2012

  1. I want to point out my admiration for your kind-heartedness giving support to people who must have help with this particular concern. Your real dedication to getting the message throughout has been rather effective and have surely permitted guys and women just like me to get to their pursuits. Your own useful publication indicates much a person like me and especially to my office colleagues. Best wishes; from each one of us.


  2. Good dad for taking your daughter with you and explaining everything that way! We need more female types who THINK. The cap and I voted; it was crowded here, too!


  3. I have been reading how very important Ohio is supposed to be in this year’s election for President. It’s nice to know that you don’t vote straight ticket. I try to always vote for the person, though, sometimes, it has been a vote against someone (I won’t mention the who this time, but it dealt with our education).