History will be made today. We will either elect the country’s first African-American president, or we will elect the country’s oldest president and first female vice president.
It’s an exciting day to be an American. Despite the barrage of advertisements and the dirty politicking that always occurs, I’m always excited on election day. I sure don’t enjoy being at work until after midnight, but I do love covering the elections. I love being the first with the numbers here locally. I love doing live reports and interviews.
But, what I love most about this election is the excitment. There is no trace of the apathy that typically plagues elections in this country. In our county, we usually have a 40 percent turnout for elections. We had that many voters cast ballots just for early voting. Our election officials are predicting an 85-90 percent total turnout. CNN is reporting that about one-third of the country’s registered voters went to the polls before election day. That just blows my mind.
Many Georgians were out early today. Lines started forming in Atlanta at 5 a.m., two hours before the polls opened, and lines now are about two hours long. And that’s expected to be the case throughout the day.
I’ve never thought about participating in advanced voting before as I enjoy going to the polls on Election Day, but I’m sure glad I did this year. My 5-minute wait was nothing compared to what voters will be facing today. But it’s worth it. And if I hadn’t been able to vote early, you would find me standing in line today to make my voice heard.
It’s going to be a great day, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out and who our next president is. Did you vote early or are you goingto the polls today?