#Election Day Traditions

I voted sticker

Do you have any election day traditions?

Depending on what area of the country you live in, there may be different community gatherings to celebrate such an exciting day.

Perhaps you go to a pancake breakfast.

Maybe you go to a spaghetti dinner.

President Obama plays basketball in Chicago.

Candidate Romney…well, I don’t know, he hasn’t released that information yet. I’m sure his plan includes five points, though. Kidding! But seriously, does anyone know what he is doing? I was unable to find info when I wrote this post.

Tradition in my family has always been to go together to the polling place to vote together as a family. I remember pulling the thud of the curtain as I pulled the handle. Carefully reviewing the candidates and on what lines we would vote. My mother letting me help her press the levers in the voting machine. The thud as we once again pulled the curtain handle. The ding letting us know our votes had been cast. A wrinkled, smiling volunteer waiting with an “I Voted” sticker. What excitement! I’m getting choked up just at the thought of it. What can I say, I have inappropriate emotional responses!

I’m sure this tradition has contributed to my love of voting, and downright indignation of people who do not exercise their precious right.

We carry on this tradition in our home now, with our children, even if the way we vote has changed. All I can do is hope these kids will recall their lifetime of voting with fondness and a sense of responsibility. For themselves, their families, community, and country.

So today we will vote, and Ben will help fill in the circles. And then we will come home to eat an all-American meal of burgers, fries, and lettuce wedges.

Happy Election Day! Do you take your kids to vote with you?

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  1. If we miss the voting coverage tonight on television, it’s only because we are bringing baby piglets into the world. We were lucky and got to vote early. And we have been on Baby-Watch for the last couple of days… today may just be the day. We are expecting something like 14 piglets. I’ll be sure to have some cleaned up pictures to share. Now, I’m wondering if there’s any way we can rig this to be our Voting Day tradition for years to come. :)
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  2. Before our state moved to all mail in ballots, we took our kids with us to the polling stations. They loved it when the old ladies gave them their very own “I voted” sticker. Now days, our teens participate in our election discussions and take an active interest in candidates and referendums. We are raising kids who believe that voting is a right that should be exercised. I like to think it started with that first visit to the voting booth!

    • Absolutely! I just think it is one of the most important thing anyone can do. It seems more and more Americans are taking voting seriously, and I love it!

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