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Go Vote, Y’all! You’ll Feel Better When It’s Over.

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on October 29, 2016



After this past year, is it surprising that people are taking selfies to celebrate after they vote?



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  1. bob carey said, on October 30, 2016 at 11:39 am

    It is no wonder with so many first time voters supporting one particular candidate. On C-Span this week I heard one fella , he said he was the same age I (62) say this is first time voting, and he seemed to be proud of it. Apathy is one of the main reasons why our democracy is weaken to the point where we have to settle for the 2 flawed people we have.

    • Msb said, on October 30, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      Nope. We have 1 public servant and 1 public menace running for president. All humans are flawed. Very few are a disaster like Trump.
      You are quite right that low voter turnout is very bad, and I’m delighted that the early voting statistics from Texas in particular look so good. Now if we could just get states such as Texas to stop their voter suppression tactics, particularly those rejected by the courts as discriminatory …
      Glad to say I voted absentee 2 weeks ago. Get to the polls, everybody! This election is too important for any voter to miss.

      • bob carey said, on October 31, 2016 at 7:32 am

        I must agree, flawed is much too kind a word in describing Mr. Trump, but I was trying to sound impartial. My greater point is that voter apathy is a problem and has been for many years.

        • Andy Hall said, on October 31, 2016 at 10:15 am

          Yes. I am highly partisan myself politically, but I try not to let too much of that spill over onto this blog.

          Voter turnout has been very heavy in early voting at local polling places here, and it will be interesting to see what the final numbers are. The early voting numbers maybe high in part because more people are taking advantage of the opportunity to vote early and avoid lines on election day itself. I agree that voter apathy is a tremendous problem in this country. Vigorous democracy requires an engaged and active electorate.

  2. Matt McKeon said, on October 31, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Voted on Saturday. First time I didn’t vote on election day.

    • Mike Musick said, on October 31, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      I voted at my county court house, which is where John Brown was tried and found guilty in 1859. It has a fine exhibit on the trial and execution. The spot where he was hanged is not many blocks away. In the room where votes are cast there are a number of portraits on the walls: Gen. R.E. Lee; Gen. T.J. Jackson; “The Last Meeting of Lee and Jackson”;…and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr..

      • Msb said, on November 2, 2016 at 3:58 pm

        Wow, what a collection!

        • Mike Musick said, on November 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm

          Msb: Indeed. And perhaps I should mention that as I was leaving the court house, there was a gentleman standing on the sidewalk in front of the building with a sign expressing support for Jesus. Whether this was a suggestion for a write-in candidate was unclear.

  3. dmf said, on December 14, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    hey andy would love to hear TNC and masha gessen talk about american exceptionalism

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