Election Day!

by Wendy Copley on November 4, 2008

I love election day! I love it!

It’s so exciting. I love the possibility. The chance to vote the good guys in and get the bad guys out. I’ve voted in all but one election since I turned 18. That first election was great — everyone I voted for won. I remember when I called my parents to share my excitement my mom said, “Don’t get used to it.” Ha ha. She was right, of course. There have been many, many disappointing, depressing elections since then.The last eight years have been particularly bad.

I haven’t voted yet today. We are waiting to vote until after we pick Wyatt up from preschool. I want him to go with us, to see us vote.  I think it’s a very important lesson to teach kids — voting is important. It’s a right, but it’s also a duty. There are many people in the world who don’t have the right to vote or who have great difficulty exercising their right so we have to be very diligent about making sure we do it in every election. It’s one of our family values.

One final note that goes out to any Californians reading this. Please vote no on Prop 8! No matter how you feel about gay marriage — and for the record, I am very PRO gay marriage — it is wrong to single out a group of people for discrimination. This proposition would write discrimination into the California constitution. It’s unfair, shameful and wrong.

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  • Auntie Sue

    You go girl! I love how you learned to be politically rabid at your mother’s knee; your grandmother’s knee; your auntie’s knee. . . I guess you come by it honestly.

  • Auntie Sue

    You go girl! I love how you learned to be politically rabid at your mother’s knee; your grandmother’s knee; your auntie’s knee. . . I guess you come by it honestly.

  • Mom

    I was just thinking today about going with Dad to vote. The booth was a big substantial thing with intricate mechanical switches and a great huge lever to pull that registered his vote and opened the curtain all at the same time. Here’s to hope and promise on election day.

  • Mom

    I was just thinking today about going with Dad to vote. The booth was a big substantial thing with intricate mechanical switches and a great huge lever to pull that registered his vote and opened the curtain all at the same time. Here’s to hope and promise on election day.

  • Aunt Linda

    I guess you do come from a strong voting background! Dan and I and Zack all voted together.(Will voted too but was registered in a different precinct.) He text us as soon as he left the polling booth! I’m glad you took Wyatt, we used to do that too. Yes, yes, yes for a new administration!!!!!! We just met our neighbor in the driveway to toast a new era. We’re very happy!

  • Aunt Linda

    I guess you do come from a strong voting background! Dan and I and Zack all voted together.(Will voted too but was registered in a different precinct.) He text us as soon as he left the polling booth! I’m glad you took Wyatt, we used to do that too. Yes, yes, yes for a new administration!!!!!! We just met our neighbor in the driveway to toast a new era. We’re very happy!

  • Aunt Linda

    Wendy,
    I’m also very glad that you took a stand on proposition 8. It is definitely unfair, wrong and worth taking a strong position on. That’s our girl.

  • Aunt Linda

    Wendy,
    I’m also very glad that you took a stand on proposition 8. It is definitely unfair, wrong and worth taking a strong position on. That’s our girl.

  • Aunt Diane

    You go girl! I too have NEVER missed a presidential election. Too few times has my candidate won. Go OBAMA. He’ll need our help now more than ever. What a mess he has been given. To those who are not pleased with the election, remember we have soldiered on with many we did not choose. Prop 8 sux, I hope it was defeated.!

  • Aunt Diane

    You go girl! I too have NEVER missed a presidential election. Too few times has my candidate won. Go OBAMA. He’ll need our help now more than ever. What a mess he has been given. To those who are not pleased with the election, remember we have soldiered on with many we did not choose. Prop 8 sux, I hope it was defeated.!

  • Wendy

    Unfortunately, it looks like prop 8 is winning. So we have gladness (Obama) mixed with sadness today.

  • Wendy

    Unfortunately, it looks like prop 8 is winning. So we have gladness (Obama) mixed with sadness today.

  • suzanne

    All people have equal rights to marriage, same as it ever was. No one is being discriminated against. 30 times this has been put to a vote (nationally) and 30 times marriage between a man and a woman has prevailed. Collectively, we are a smart people and know better than to create a “special” right for one group of people.

  • suzanne

    All people have equal rights to marriage, same as it ever was. No one is being discriminated against. 30 times this has been put to a vote (nationally) and 30 times marriage between a man and a woman has prevailed. Collectively, we are a smart people and know better than to create a “special” right for one group of people.

  • No, Suzanne. All people had equal rights to marriage in CA before the election. Now that right has been taken away from a specific group of people. I think rights for some, but not for all is discriminatory. You apparently think that’s OK.

    I’m very disappointed that Prop 8 passed, but I’m confident that some day soon good sense and human decency will prevail and gays and lesbians will be treated as equals under the law as they should be.

  • No, Suzanne. All people had equal rights to marriage in CA before the election. Now that right has been taken away from a specific group of people. I think rights for some, but not for all is discriminatory. You apparently think that’s OK.

    I’m very disappointed that Prop 8 passed, but I’m confident that some day soon good sense and human decency will prevail and gays and lesbians will be treated as equals under the law as they should be.

  • suzanne

    All people have equal rights to marriage today. There is no discrimination in marriage equality.

    The issue was, does sexual preference create a special right? The answer was, for the 2nd time in Calif and the 30th time nationally, no, it does not.

  • suzanne

    All people have equal rights to marriage today. There is no discrimination in marriage equality.

    The issue was, does sexual preference create a special right? The answer was, for the 2nd time in Calif and the 30th time nationally, no, it does not.

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