Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Post/Comment About Voting

I've been thinking a lot this morning about the election process, as my list of assigned articles suggests, and because I know that many of you will be voting/have voted for the first time, I'd really like to know more about your experiences, and I came across a blog assignment by Alex Halavais that sounded really interesting (my assignment is pretty much an exact paraphrase of his). I know the first time that I voted, I found it to be a pretty powerful experience. I might tell you more about that later, but for now, I'd like to hear your stories. You have a couple of choices here:

1. Simply post (or comment) about your experience voting. For most, if not all, of you, this will be your first time voting. Describe the experience. What is the polling place? How did it feel when you were voting? Like Alex, I'd imagine that many first-time voters are either nervous or cautious, simply because they have no frame of reference for what it's like to vote. What were you thinking about? As always, you're welcome to tell us who you voted for, but you don't have to.

2. For those of you who didn't vote (due to age, citizenship requirements), feel free to explain why. Do you wish you had voted? Again, you can tell us who you would have voted for, but you don't have to.

3. In both cases, I'd also be interested in knowing how the media coverage or how class discussion might have informed your experiences as voters. Again, you don't have to say how this might have influenced whether or not you voted for a specific candidate, but did your participation in an election-themed class change your frame of reference on voting?


At 5:01 PM, Blogger Sterling said...

Hey Dr. Tryon, when is this due?

Thanks! :)


At 6:28 PM, Blogger chutry said...

After you vote!! :-)

More than anything, I just want to make the process more familiar to people who haven't voted before. It can be a strange process, so I'd like to hear your thoughts about it.

At 2:33 AM, Blogger Vaibhav S said...

I will not be voting because I am not an American citizen. Though having read a lot about the elections and watching America gear up for it, I cannot wait for the celebrated day. I remember on the flight to America, asking my dad whether Bush belonged to the Republican Party or the Democratic Party. That seems really funny, now that I have learned so much from this class. Despite all this, I do not wish to be able to vote primarily because of not knowing the fundamental consequence of my vote, not being a citizen of this country. But if I could have voted, I would have voted for Bush initially. But getting know each candidate’s views on different issues and their policies has made me undecided, not being sure if Kerry will be able to uphold the policies he plans to implement.

At 6:44 AM, Blogger J Poje said...

I mailed in my absentee ballot the other day, as it is less stressful to do that than take a calc test and then go home before 7pm. To begin with, voting hasn't been the simplest thing in the world. I sent in two registrations after I never got a response to the first one. I didn't get a registration card the second try, either, but I found the GA election board website and looked myself up, finding that I was indeed registered. It would have been more interesting to use the voting machines and get the cool sticker, but alas it was not to be.

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