For as long as I can remember my younger brother and I went with my mom when she voted. Sometimes we voted in a neighbors garage. I can remember being envious of the neighbors that had the polls in their garage. It looked like so much fun sitting there waiting for people to come and vote.
When we got a little bit older the polling place moved to the church next to our Elementary school. That first year they had fancy booths with real curtains. Since the booth only fit one adult my brother and I had to wait and watch as my mom voted. I can still see that image of my moms legs behind that curtain. It all seemed so mysterious.
When I turned 18 I couldn't wait to become a registered voter. I remember registering to vote like it was yesterday.
I was leaving the DMV with my temporary license in hand when I was stopped by a man sitting at a card table asking me if I was a registered voter. When I said no, he asked me if I wanted to register.........Well, heck yeah, sign me up!
As I filled out the information he asked me which party I wanted to register with. Hmmm, this wasn't something I had ever given a lot of thought to. As I pondered my choices the man at the card table said, "I get a dollar if you register as a Republican."
I felt kind of sorry for the guy, so I registered as a Republican.
Since registering I think I have only missed two local elections and I have voted in every Presidential election since Bush's Daddy ran for office. I love voting and I am glad that I am passing on this passion to my girls. They have gone with me voting since they were babies.
We are all proudly wearing our "I voted" stickers!