Throwback Thursdays…Remembering My First Time

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Throwback Thursdays…Remembering My First Time


While waiting in line to vote this past Tuesday, Larry and I noticed some parents and grandparents with their young children with them. Harris County schools were closed on Election Day so I’m sure that some parents had no other choice but to bring their young ones with them.

We also listened as a few adults used this as a wonderful teaching moment for their children. Of course, some of the children wanted to play on the nearby swings, but some did ask questions.


I was reminded of the very first time I voted. It was 1970 and “back in the old days) you had to be 21 to vote. You also voted on Election Day and at your designated precinct. (But I’m not going there)



We voted at my former elementary school, Thomas Jefferson, and since it is in the neighborhood where I grew up, we knew many of the people standing in line and monitoring the election. 


So there I am, 21 years old walking up to get in line while my dear mother is shouting out to all of her friends “This is my daughter and it’s her first time to vote!!!”


I turned beet red!!!



What about you? Do you remember
the first time that you voted???

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Comments (27)

Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Kathy,
I don't actually remember the first time, but I do remember those early days of going to the polling booth. I don't think I've missed voting in an election since.

Nov 10, 2022 05:35 AM
Kathy Streib

Carol Williams Oh yes, I do remember those booths. They were much more private than what we have now. 

Nov 10, 2022 05:11 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kathy - I do remember and it was also in 1970.  It was a the Somerton Springs Swim Club where we were members. Those operating the polls remembered me as a little boy.

Nov 10, 2022 05:43 AM
Kathy Streib

Grant Schneider that is so sweet that they remembered you as a little boy. 

Nov 10, 2022 05:12 PM
Eric Bouler
Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La. - New Orleans, LA
Listening to your Needs

Happy Thursday. Have a great month. You have a lot of comments.

Nov 10, 2022 05:53 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Eric Bouler and thank you!!! Enjoy your weekend. 

Nov 10, 2022 05:27 PM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

A college roommate drove me to the polling location in Baton Rouge. It was 1976 and Gerald Ford vs Jimmy Carter. Any of us in that generation knows that it was very tough to find a job during the Carter administration and we couldn't find gas to fill our cars to go to work. 

Nov 10, 2022 06:15 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi faye schubert what a memory. I do remember when there were lines for gas. 

Nov 10, 2022 05:28 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy, I remember my first time also and I even remember schools where close on election day!


Nov 10, 2022 07:40 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Will Hamm I can remember when schools were open on election days. I can understand why they're closed now. 

Nov 10, 2022 05:39 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Sadly, I do not remember the first time I voted. 

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Nov 10, 2022 08:26 AM
Kathy Streib

Roy Kelley I probably would not have remembered had my mother not let everyone know it was my first time to vote. 

Nov 10, 2022 05:39 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I think it's great when parents take young kids with them to vote - teaching them early and setting a good example!

Nov 10, 2022 08:46 AM
Kathy Streib

Lise Howe I agree. It's the best example there could be. 

Nov 10, 2022 05:40 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, I do not remember the first time I voted, and not sure if I voted at 18 or if I was 21.

Nov 10, 2022 09:06 AM
Kathy Streib

Joan Cox  i had to look it up. I remembered that the voting age was changed but not sure when. 

Nov 10, 2022 05:42 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - I do remember that my first election was also in 1970.  In California, you only had to be 18 years old.  Everyone voted on one day at your polling location and you were checked off a paper list based on your last name. 

Nov 10, 2022 10:40 AM
Kathy Streib

That's what I remember Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I remember our Voter's Registration Card and yes, having our names checked off. 

Nov 10, 2022 05:43 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Kathy Streib  My dad was a committee man and always worked the polls.  He handed me a card and said voted is a privilege you vote American. Never  let anyone else tell you who to vote for 

Nov 10, 2022 10:55 AM
Kathy Streib

Hannah Williams your dad was wise!!!

Nov 10, 2022 05:43 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I don't remember the exact age I was when I first voted. But, I was not at all interested in politics until later in life. I never thought my one vote could make a difference until Oprah convinced me that politicians would only care about what matters to women if they know that women are voting. 

Helping to increase the number of female voters so our voices would be heard suddenly became important to me. I've voted ever since.


Nov 10, 2022 01:40 PM
Kathy Streib

Good for you Sharon Tara We can never take the attitude that what we do or don't do will or won't matter. 

Nov 10, 2022 05:45 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

We did vote early and OMG I'm glad we did.  What a mess here in AZ - no results yet and they still haven't counted over 625K votes turned in on voting day - which is law here.  Can't believe they screwed up - again.   As for remembering my first time voting  I don't.  I do remember going to a caucus and some people were really rude to me and tried their best to get me to support their side.  I wanted nothing to do with that and didn't appreciate their bullying me.  That may have been my first year - really young.

Nov 10, 2022 01:48 PM
Kathy Streib

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker We were at our polling place (a church) just before 7 and it was not bad. My brother volunteered for one of the polling places and was there from 5:30 AM and got home at 9:30 PM He said they were set to close at 7 PM but were told at 7 that they were staying open until 8PM. 

I saw someone complaining about not being able to vote after 7 when the news reported that the polls would be open until 8.  When he got to the polling place he was turned away. Good grief...there was early voting and he had all day!

Nov 10, 2022 05:54 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Kathy here in AZ they don't expect to have final results until Monday or so....which is beyond crazy to most of us.  I am hoping that this get changed in our next legislative session.  Ridiculous.

Nov 10, 2022 07:49 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I love that story.  Your Mom had every right to be proud of you voting for the first time, and SHOUTING it OUT-LOUD!!!

Nov 10, 2022 02:39 PM
Kathy Streib

George Souto it sounds funny now but back then I was mortified!!!

Nov 10, 2022 05:55 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

The first time I voted escapes me, Kathy. I always looked at it as the civic duty of every American citizen and was told that No VOTE, No VOICE! I always VOTED because of wanting a say in the direction the country was heading!!! God help us.

Nov 10, 2022 05:53 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy call me jaded, I do remember when I voted for the first time and I was so thrilled that my vote counted.... this was before politicians would send me "unsolicited" ballots in the mail.... this was before people could vote in person and drop off their ballots at the voting place....two days ago I stood in line to vote a woman came in with four ballots and they asked her why she had four? She said the family asked her to bring in the ballots... no questions asked and they put it in the ballot box.... I stood in line and got grilled: is this my name? is this my address? you get the idea and then I could vote.... we are still waiting who is the Mayor of Los Angeles? seriously  when Abraham Lincoln was President, no Internet, no electricity and the votes got counted for the entire country the night of the election.... Feel free to delete this comment I know I am not politically correct, Endre

Nov 10, 2022 10:55 PM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

Thanks for sharing your special memory. I am sure my daughter has had this same memory a time or two. Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a great weekend.

Nov 11, 2022 09:18 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I vividly remember my first time voting too.  It was 1964.  I had registered Republican so I could vote against Goldwater in the primary.  I quickly switched to Democrat after that.  However, since the mid 1980s I have been a registered Non Partisan, often voting split ticket while feeling hammered between the Democommies and the Republinazis.

Nov 11, 2022 07:51 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I do not remember the experience of the first time, but I do remember that I couldn't wait to vote - it was a few months after I turned 18. I've voted every year since then except for one - the year I had just come home from the hospital with my first baby. Otherwise of course I'll be there making my choices!

Nov 12, 2022 04:47 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

My first election would have been 1970 and it was a big election in CT with Governor and senate choices to pick.

Nov 12, 2022 01:21 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Oh my gosh  - did your turn bright red or shrink in your shoes?!  She had good intentions I'm sure,  but you had to be so embarrassed.  Good for you - you go girl!

Nov 23, 2022 07:26 PM