My Voting Experience

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My Voting Experience I can remember my voting experiences ever since I registered at the age of 16 in high school. What I mostly remember is when I was a young girl, I would accompany my father to the voting polls. I remember him saying how one of the important things for him to become a United States citizen was for him to vote; to have his vote count. He explained the differences in registering as a Democrat or Republican. Furthermore, he would say, “It is important to vote, because every person’s vote counts.” I made sure my vote counted when it was time to do so but I didn’t take my father seriously until I was older to understand the importance of voting. My father’s influence was very important to me. He came from a poor family and …show more content…
We also held a presidential election in school and Jimmy Carter won. While we walked to the polling place, he was telling me how important voting was for him and how his vote will count during this election and one day it would be important for me for vote as well. When we reached the polling place, my father gave his voter’s registration card with his photo identification, took his ballot, casted his vote, and handed it to the volunteer for casting. He left with such a great and proud feeling that on our way home we stopped for Carvel ice cream. But the happiness didn’t last long because Jimmy Carter did not win; it was Ronald Regan who became the President elect. My father was devastated because he was sure Jimmy Carter would win the election; but he was wrong. My father accepted another political defeat and explained to me that even if we voted for the person we strongly feel is the right person to lead our nation, that person can lose and we have to accept …show more content…
I was so excited because that year was the 1984 presidential election between incumbent President Ronald Regan and Walter Mondale. On November 6, 1984, my father and I went to my old junior high school, which was our polling site and we both voted for Mondale. I voted for Walter Mondale because he was a democrat but I didn’t do any research or read anything about the presidential campaign; I didn’t care about it. I only knew it was either Regan or Mondale. I went to cast my vote to experience the same feeling my father had when he first voted. When I learned President Ronald Regan won I was upset and angry. My father’s words in my earlier years would now resonate, “Even if we voted for the person we strongly feel is the right person to lead our nation, that person can lose and we have to accept it.” Later, my father and I would talk about the 1984 election and told me he had voted for Ronald Regan. I was in shock to hear that but he explained the he felt Regan was the better presidential candidate to lead for a second term. The first voting experience helped me understand I needed to educate myself better in the

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