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Joyce’s Voting Story

Why is it important to vote? It is important for me to vote because it is one of the things I can do to effect change. I also believe that one person/one vote can make a difference.

Do you have a favorite memory or story about voting experiences? From a very young age I learned that voting was important. Growing up I lived a short distance from the local middle school where voting took place. My grandmother worked at the polls every election day and she would come to our house for her dinner break and I was impressed then that this was an important event that I wanted to know more about.

What was the first election you voted in? The first year I was eligible to vote was 1958 and there was no Presidential election that year but two years later I was able to vote in the Kennedy / Nixon election. I had avidly followed the debates and the issues and the fact that a Catholic had never been elected President before and what that would mean. Kennedy won by a very narrow majority and imagine how pleased I was that my vote was one of the ones that contributed to his victory! Sadly he was gone in 3 short years. I appreciated what he tried to do during his presidency and loved his interactions in his press conferences. I wish that he had had an opportunity to complete his term…..I think he would have done great things.

How do you prefer to vote- polling place, absentee, vote by phone at the polls? I definitely prefer to vote at the polling place with my neighbors and see very clearly, in a very physical way, the democratic process in action. This year, I will be in Arizona on election day so I will be voting by absentee ballot for the first time in my life. I will miss being able to cast my ballot in Montpelier on Nov. 4th and it will be very interesting to be in John McCain’s home state when the winner is declared.