Yup, I voted. And so, apparently, did everyone else. I usually like to vote early in the morning, but that plan was cut short today when I saw that the line was about 90 minutes long just half an hour after the polls opened. I came back after class, and still spent about half an hour waiting in line — at 1:30 in the afternoon. Very, very impressive. Two people were standing in front of me who were speaking to each other as if it was their first time voting; they certainly looked young enough to have been made eligible only recently, but it turned out that one of them had voted four years ago. The other guy turned and asked me a question about the electoral college. There was an older couple behind me who were obviously very seasoned voters. Behind them was a mother holding her infant; behind her was a middle-aged man with his two boys, and so on. I think the combination of 2000’s voting issues combined with this year’s major policy differences to bring everyone out in droves, and I’m really happy to see it. And with the race too close to tell, every vote counts…even in states, like Virginia, where the outcome is pretty much a foregone conclusion.

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