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We Want To Know: What's Your Voting Story?

by Countable | 3.22.18

What’s the story?

Tuesday’s election was historic, given the diversity of candidates that were elected, but it was important in other ways, too. Following concerns about election hacking, Virginia eliminated use of all touch-screen voting machines. Also, former felons voted for the first time in Virginia. And reports surfaced, as they seem to every election, of robocalls going out to voters telling them their polling place had changed, when it hadn’t.

Why does it matter?

Trust in the electoral process is essential to our democracy. Voting should be straightforward and accessible. Participation should be encouraged.

We want to hear from you, CountaCitizens. How was voting for you in Tuesday’s election, or in any recent election? Do you feel confident in the process? Are you running into any trouble getting to the polls? Did you vote for the first time or return to voting after a hiatus and why?

For inspiration, we give you Theodore Dortch, who voted for the first time ever in Virginia on Tuesday. Were you a proud "I Voted" sticker wearer like Theodore yesterday?

What about you?

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: Cali4beach via Flickr / Creative Commons)

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  • Jack
    11/09/2017
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    As Tip O'Neill said all politics are local. Every time I move one of the first things is I do is to make certain my voter registration is up to date so I can perform one of our most sacred and awesome responsibilities we choose to have....the vote! It is important to vote in each and every election you can. I truly don't understand the apathy of why anyone would not vote to add their voice to this process. I voted Tuesday in Wilmington, NC. I don't drive but I have two good feet and I walked to my polling place about 2 miles away and voted and felt so good to participate in our democracy.

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  • PLD
    11/08/2017
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    Virginia- Making America DECENT again!

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  • Stallion
    11/08/2017
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    We are fortunate in WA State to vote by absentee ballots. All thru the mail and easy as pie. Not excuse for not voting, Dems did good here but we need to remain vigilant and not cocky and continue to try and do the right thing for all Americans.

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  • Jacob
    11/08/2017
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    Well done New Jersey and Virginia. Pennsylvania...you still kinda suck.

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  • Gwendlyn
    11/09/2017
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    I raised my daughter to believe that every election is important, to understand that together we truly are stronger, and to know the candidates and understand the ballot questions. We participated in the Women's March On D.C. and continue to support efforts to protect what we feel is vital and vulnerable. Our polling place was discouragingly empty Tuesday morning. Apathy is not an option!

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  • SneakyPete
    11/08/2017
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    The Democratic wins in the Virginia/New Jersey, while surprising, were to be expected. Do these wins indicate that they are predictive of sweeping wins, including Democratic recovering control of the US Senate and US House. I think not. What I believe is that these elections see a wake-up call for the Republicans to get off their bends, get behind the President, and accomplish what the 2016 voters elected them to do. I’ve a couple of suggestions got the, Republicans, to do. First, start following Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican. Don’t provide the leftist media and Democrats more fodder to throw at fellow Republicans. Secondly, the Democrats, regardless of the election results 11/7/18, remain as a leaderless party, fragmented following the 2016 Presidential Elections, with I believe ongoing battles between the Socialist, Progressive, and Liberal elements of, the party. Will the Clinton and Obama branches be replaced by the Sanders, Warren or more radical elements, remains to be see. I’ll have to agree to wait and see what the Republicans come up with their Health Care and Tax bills. I hope that they will remain “Strong & Honor” their campaign promises. Of course we will continue in seeing Democratic Senators Obstructionist activities taking place. Sadly, don’t look 👀 for any compromise coming from the Democrats, anytime soon.

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  • Stacy
    11/09/2017
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    I am a happy, proud Democrat in Virginia so I’m pleased with our wins! Although I live in a Republican county (Stafford), I helped some of our local candidates for the first time ever. I also worked the polls - volunteer - for the first time ever! Despite local losses in Stafford & Spotsylvania, we have two amazing wins with Jennifer Carrol Foy (District #2) and Danica Roen - the first openly transgender candidate to serve in office. So happy!!! We flipped 15 seats blue and 11 of them are women, mostly first time candidates! Awesome! #VirginiaIsStillForLovers

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  • Kelly
    11/09/2017
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    I live in a red state surrounded by conservatives but I will continue to vote. I believe change is a result of never giving up. When others stifle our right to vote we are hopeless to initiate change. We may disagree on many fronts, but collectively we must stand against censorship which is what is happening when voting is no longer easy.

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  • RadicalModerate
    11/08/2017
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    N.Y.S. I’m so disappointed that you voted no on a constitutional convention. Fear and ignorance.

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  • Joanne
    11/08/2017
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    I am very fortunate, I live in a small town and have never had any problems voting. Democrats won everywhere, so I am happy about that and NO New York Con Con. You ask if I trust our voting system, sadly NO. In this country we have voter suppression, Russia, Gerrymandering and liars, thieves in office. I may not trust our voting system, however I am truly grateful that we have one.

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  • Eric
    11/08/2017
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    WA votes how all states should. Paper mail in ballots. They arrive early with a voters guide. You can research your choices and the issues. No rush no lines. Voting should be easy not discouraged.

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  • Marina
    11/08/2017
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    I was the very first voter at my voting station, at 6:15 in the morning! Because of the time change, I have been waking up earlier, so I decided to go early to avoid standing in line

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  • Rachel
    11/09/2017
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    I have been voting since I was 18. No voting in my purple state this time around, but when I do vote it's by absentee ballot. It's make voting super easy. I would encourage everyone to vote that way if able. With voter suppression & gerrymandering it is hard to trust the process, but what is the alternative? I'm not going to not vote. I'm NPA but was pleasantly surprised at all the Dem wins. Some of the winners are pretty progressive. But don't gloat Dems. With corruption plaguing both parties you have A LOT of work to do.

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  • 82-69-83-73-83-84
    11/09/2017
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    Gerald is correct. Our country has a history of creating laws and regulations specifically to convict black and hispanic americans, primarily black americans, for relatively minor offenses to prevent them from being able to vote, to restrict their mobility and to prevent them from gaining wealth to pass on to the next generation. 1. Our laws need to be changed, to be more equitable and less racist. 2. Our law enforcement needs to be better trained, better integrated and must have civilian oversight by the people in their district. 3. With some exceptions, once a felon has "served their time" their right to vote should be restored. The exception are white collar criminals; they should never be allowed to vote. "White collar" criminals injure hundreds, thousands, millions or billions of people. They are the true threat to society. Who should be able to vote, a kid who was busted with pot and a pipe, or someone who steals millions or billions of dollars? A white kid gets caught with pot and a pipe and he gets a ride home from the police and a stern talk from dad. A black kid gets caught with pot and a pipe and he gets a felony. white "businessmen" (slumlords) bribe officials to look the other way and a children are severely injured from lead poisoning, and the "businessman" with a lawyer, gets a slap on the hand. Black and hispanic americans are kept artificially poor for many reasons. 1. cheap labor to make the ultra wealthy, even wealthier. 2. when you are focused on immediate needs, you don't have time to build political coalitions, political power, long term wealth or demand the equality you deserve. 3. As an thinly veiled threat to the middle class. If you middle class don't toe the line, we (the hidden "we" who pull the strings) will destroy your credit, take your job, away, take your home, take what little wealth you've accumulated and hope to pass on to your children. Our national GDP has steadily gone up for generations, but wages have not gone up at nearly the same rate. You are being cheated by the ultra rich. The billionaires pit the rest of us against each other to distract us from the fact that Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and many, many more corporations, and vastly wealthy families are raiding the hen house daily. Black americans deserve to be given more support ($) to build their family wealth, more support to provide their children with the best educational opportunities, more support to improve their choices and more support to drastically improve the cumulative quality and average length of black lives. Women and black americans are the two most abused groups, which is not to take away from the needs of hispanics, native americans and others; but black americans and women must be supported in leadership positions, public and private. The list of past and present atrocities against black americans and women are untenable. Reparations are in order and it needs to come from the Billionaires first, and then the taxpayers 2nd. We should have exactly zero billionaires and zero mega corporations. We can accomplish everything we have now, and more, without these massive greedy corporate machines and plutocratic families hiding in the shadows pulling the political strings.

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  • Michael
    11/08/2017
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    Newton, MA’s elecion resulted in the city’s first woman mayor at a cost of a huge class divide. The winner, Ruthanne Fuller has donated to both political parties, was not born in Newton, and relied heavily on the richest wards for her victory. The loser, Scott Lennon was born and raised in Newton and has served the city for years. His house is worth 1/4 the amount that Fuller’s is and its a beautiful home. Lennon got a lot of support from the ward’s with lower income. The race was decided by 300 votes. Many are publicizing the race solely valuing the fact that Newton elected its’ first woman. When the real story is, Newton elected a fraud. Lennon’s dream was to be Mayor of Newton. He repeatedly said this election was for us and not him. His actions are consistent with that.

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  • Terry
    11/09/2017
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    Gerald is apparently a race-baitor; if your son truly enjoyed his privilege to vote, he shouldn’t have made the personal decision to violate the law, and thus forego his privilege. Don’t blame his negligence and/or its consequences on your fallacious argument of voter suppression. His voting privileges were suppressed by his own actions. Personal responsibility. Give it a try.

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  • Diana
    11/09/2017
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    I worked as a poll worker in Brooklyn, NY yesterday and I was so happy to see such a great turnout in voters and especially that they all were aware of the (3) ballot proposals on the ballot. We inform everyone when we provide the ballots and most of them already knew.

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  • David
    11/09/2017
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    The reason we have the electoral college is to prevent 2 foxes and a lamb voting on what's for dinner. So think again liberals, its for everyone's protection. Everywhere the Democrat party gets control, the area becomes more riddled with poverty, debt, crime, and joblessness. Look at Detroit and tell me how it got that way? 60 years of Democrat rule! How much more debt created by overspending, will it take till we go bankrupt?

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  • David
    11/09/2017
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    The reason we have the electoral college is to prevent 2 foxes and a lamb voting on what's for dinner. So think again liberals, its for everyone's protection. Everywhere the Democrat party gets control, the area becomes more riddled with poverty, debt, crime, and joblessness. Look at Detroit and tell me how it got that way? 60 years of Democrat rule! How much more debt created by overspending, will it take till we go bankrupt?

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  • Brent
    11/09/2017
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    i vote for the least socialist nominee in every election... Until 2016. I know third party was not going to win, so I plugged my nose and voted for Donald Trump, simply so the White House would not support single payer rationalized health care.

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