Today I was very proud to be an American and to live in the Greatest Country on this earth. I know that may be taking it a bit far but let me explain. Today I participated in Early Voting for the Presidential Election 2008. I decided to cast my vote early instead of waiting until November 4th. I visited the "Early Vote Polling Office"downtown Augusta at 530 Greene St. Rm 103 (it is open from 8:30am until 6:00pm, Friday October 31st is the last day for early voting in Augusta).
It has been extremely cold here in Georgia these last couple of days. Temperatures are well below normal for this time of year. Nonetheless, upon arriving at the polling place I noticed that it was an unusually long line outside of the building and it almost discouraged me from even getting out of my car. I thought just wait until November 4th to vote, but I decided to get out the car and wait. While standing in line I was amazed to see the different people from different walks of life all coming together for a common purpose to vote for the next President of The United States.
I saw elderly man standing on his cane, a woman with a hair net on her head headed to work, a college student with a book bag on his back, a soldier in a military uniform. There was a older lady in front of me who was originally from Europe, two middle-aged African American women in front of me who were voting for the first time in there entire life.
There was such an excitement in the air as I watched the people wait in line in the cold to vote. People were smiling as they were leaving the building with their "I voted" Georgia Peach stickers plastered on ther jackets. It was a very proud moment for me as I watched their faces as they departed. I have voted in many elections, but there is definitely something different about this one. I can't ever recall people being so eager and anxious to elect a president and with every thing that is going on in our economy who can blame them.
I think it is a powerful statement regardless of what we hear in the media, it is those people who came out today and will come out on November 4, 2008 who make this country what it is. Only in America can so many people from so many different walks of life come together for one common purpose.
I hope you too will be just as excited in voting wherever you are. One person, One vote can make all the difference in the world. We all matter and our voices need to be heard. Make sure you get out and vote.
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