Today was Primary day in the beautiful state of North Carolina and that meant that I had my first opportunity as an American citizen to vote. Something I've looked forward to for years, I feel like this whole past year of informing myself about candidates and going to rallies has lived up to this one day. So, what were my thoughts?
1. I need to be there early in the morning to avoid lines!
For whatever reason, I've had this ingrained in my head for many years. I even made a hair appointment for 9 AM to ensure that I would wake up early enough to vote.
2. Why did I show up this early? THERE ARE NO LINES.
And I quickly learned that the lines myth--at least in my town--is complete B.S.
3. Wow, no wonder grown-ups don't bother to research everyone on the ballot. This sh*t is exhausting!
The night before I went through North Carolina's mock ballot online and decided which candidates I would vote for. Yes, I want to be politically informed. Yes, it was exhausting and incredibly dull.
4. Hi, can I get a sticker please?
I'm here for the stickers...
5. No, I don't want to wear a "First Time Voter" sticker. I don't want to look like a loser.
...but I don't want one of THOSE stickers.
6. I'M PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN.
There's something patriotic about having a say in your government.
7. This took no time at all! Why do people make excuses for not voting because of "time"?
Okay, maybe this is because I'm from a small town, but seriously. I was in and out of there in five minutes.
8. Wait...have I done this before?
Despite all of these previous thoughts, it wasn't a thrilling experience. I was happy to do it, but it felt oddly familiar...like I'd done it before.
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