Greetings/assalamu alaikum, early voting started today in Florida. I’d planned on getting up first thing this morning when the early voting sites opened up at 7 AM, which I did. And I’m not sure where I got the idea that turnout would be low, not sure if it was from watching TV or what, but for some reason, I thought that I’d get there, breeze right thorugh the line, vote, and be back home in less than a half hour.
Well, when we got there, it was shortly after 7 and the line stretched out of the building, into the foyer outside, and almost out into the parking lot. And there seemeed to be a steady stream of people coming in after us too as we waitied. It seemd that many people had the same idea as we did, i.e., to get up first thing and to go and vote.
I remember in 2008 when I voted, the line was much the same way, I think we waited something like 45 minutes or so and there were people going up and down the line askign if anyone need a chari to sit in while they waited or needed a sample ballot or if there was anything that they needed help with.
As one guy was exiting out of hte polling place he made a comment about “people coming out of the woodwork” and antoher lady replied “well wee need to make sure they don’t try to play no okey doke on us”, I wanted to laugh lol. So perhaps even with all of the voter suppression efforts going on around the country, at least where I was, not only did this not have any affect but this seemed to instead spur people to make sure they got out and voted. And I can only hope and make dua that the affect I saw in my local polling place was the same everywhere.
At any rate, I voted, submitted my ballot and left, noticing that the line was now starting to waind around the building. So it seems as though many people were just as ready to vote as I was. I’m just glad I got it done and out of the way. I can’t wait until this election is over, not just because we get to find out who the next President and other elected officials are, obviously, but also because I’m getting so darn tired of seeing political ads. It seems like every time I turn around there’s another one, and many times they’re back to back to back within the same block of commercials.
Anyway, I’d encourage anyone that’s registered to get out there and vote. I won’t say who you should vote for, that’s your personal choice, but get out there and vote. I know sometimes people think they don’t have a choice, that they don’t have a say in the process, and that is true if not enough people participate, however, if enough people participate, then that makes more of a difference.