Here we go…

Good morning, everyone!

Election day is finally here. I knew it 20 minutes after I woke up and logged on to Facebook, which seems to have joined the “Get out the youth vote” effort. Before you even log in, there’s a reminder on the start-up page. Then at the top of the home page, there’s a big box: 2,028,826 Facebook users have voted so far (as of 12:25 p.m.). Granted, anyone can click the “I Voted” button to join the tally, but why would you bother if you hadn’t actually voted?

A friend of mine’s status said it best: “So much for the secret ballot, eh?”

Facebook is awash in user’s bragging “I VOTED FOR ______!” I guess whatever gets young people to vote.

It was strange going into today, knowing that it would be a historic day. I don’t think anyone discounts between the two wars and a flailing economy that this is a major point in American history. If nothing else, today we will elect either the first African-American president or the first female Vice President. Both of these things are exciting, but not too radical, for my generation. For so many others though, both of these candidates represent a major step forward from old prejudices.

So, how do you prepare for a historic day? (And what do you wear?)

For our part, Holly and I will be out and about Columbia all day. Hopefully we run into you! Check back for short videos and observations from mid-Missouri on election day.

And if you’re anywhere near these places, stop in with your “I Voted” sticker for some free goodies:

  • Starbucks: free tall cup of coffee
  • Krispy Kreme: free star-shaped; red, white and blue doughnut
  • Ben & Jerry’s: free scoop of ice cream from 5 – 8 p.m. (sticker not required)

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