Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Backwards Experience Election My

Everyone gets doughnuts on Election Day!

Obama-supporting firefighters are very cool and will take pictures with kids visiting the polls.

See what I mean? Everyone gets doughnuts on Election Day!

And kids get special stickers from the poll workers at the Obama table--the last ones.

Obama poll workers are incredibly friendly--and they didn't even know the outcome yet.

Maybe it's because they had doughnuts AND all of these snacks to keep them going.

Oh yeah! Lots of snacks to keep them going.

I whispered "I hope so." when this screen came up.

By now the boys thought I was crazy for photographing every screen, but it felt important. I was voting for...

YES I Did!!

I had the boys check to make sure I selected all the right buttons.

These are the machines Fairfax County is phasing out. I used one to vote any way.

From now on you'll hide behind these cute little cubicles to fill in your paper ballot.

The poll monitors didn't seem to have a whole bunch to do.

All walks of life in line, which I may add wasn't that long.

I'm not sure of the point of carrying this easily copied piece of paper from one table to the voting booth, but I complied. I'm law-abiding like that.

We found the place! Also known as the 8th grade gym at my son's school.

We were out by 10:30 a.m.

Helpful signs on the school monitor.

Isn't that a friendly school? I waved back.

We had to put the brochures back after the picture because we couldn't carry them inside. All three of our candidates won. VA is BLUE!!

This just made me feel good. I knew they were looking out for us.

And we were out so quickly, because there were no lines when we got there.

The signs were crammed in all the way up to the last inch before the no campaign zone. Before you even entered the school you could feel the excitement of the day.

And it was an exciting day. Of course that's because it turned out the way I'd hoped it would, but I had a really good reason...

I'm so proud that they wanted to come with me, because my vote? It was all about them (and their sleeping little brother at home).

6 Deserve Mamma's Love:

Delora said...

Great photos. I didn't know Fairfax was phasing out the touch screen voting machines and moving to the optical scanner ones. It's so ironic, because in Falls Church City in the mid 90's we used the optical scan ballots. It's like moving back in time!

Unknown said...

what an amazing day. :))))

Ndinombethe said...

Oh I love how you told that story with photos. Great that your boys went along... if they're interested now you can be sure they'll be exercising their right when they're of age.

Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] said...


We did it!!! I'm STILL getting teary-eyed.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great pictoral... but back to paper ballots behind a piece of cardboard? Really? And you don't find this worrisome?

Ilina said...

I am so psyched that VA went blue! NC too!!! What a ride.