I voted for the office of POTUS for first time

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  1. yaxomoxay macrumors 68000

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    I am honored, and humbled. I voted for the first time since I became a citizen in a presidential election.
    To be honest with you, it's a whirlwind of feelings. It's difficult to describe how humble I feel right now.
    I am proud of my adoptive country... yes, even in this crazy electoral cycle.
    Thank you to all my friends of PRSI; it's always nice to discuss with you, even (if not especially) when we strongly disagree.
     
  2. smallcoffee macrumors 6502a

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    That's good. You should always vote your conscience. We need higher voter turnout and more people participating in the political process so we stop getting these whacky candidates.
     
  3. yaxomoxay thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yep.
    Oh and to clarify... my ballot had both R's and D's in it. Party line is often secondary.
     
  4. Savor Suspended

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    Feel sorry for you it has to be this year as your first time.
     
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    I'm glad in a very large sense that I'm Canadian and don't have to think about voting in the US election.

    The candidates both seem like an absolute nightmare.

    Good for you for voting. I don't think I could've voted for either of them in your shoes.
     
  6. Fancuku macrumors 6502a

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    For me the first election I could vote was the 2004 election (citizenship gained in May 2004). And I agree with you, it was a very good feeling. There I was, a guy from a small ex-communist Eastern European country voting in the presidential elections in the United States. Very cool feeling.
     
  7. DrewDaHilp1 macrumors 6502a

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    Sincerely welcome to America @yaxomoxay and @Fancuku, and thank you for partaking in something that many take for granted.
     
  8. steve knight macrumors 68020

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    it is getting mugged your first week here with this election.
     
  9. Zenithal macrumors 68040

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    I remember my first time, too. Voting that is. Now election years make me depressed and the midterm elections are worse. It's not the rhetoric that bugs me. It's the constant in-your-face political BS for 2 years that bug me.
     
  10. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    Just don't say who you voted for.

    If you voted for Hillary, the Trump supporters will never forgive you.
    If you voted for Trump, the Hillary supporters will never forgive you.
    If you voted for Gary Johnson, everyone will just think you are crazy :).
     
  11. DrewDaHilp1 macrumors 6502a

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  12. yaxomoxay thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I voted for Gary Rodham Trump!
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    Thank you, sir!
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    Exactly! Sometimes I feel that the average American doesn't realize the importance of voting.
     
  13. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    congrats to you then
     
  14. MarkusL macrumors 6502

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    But don't forget to build a wall!
     
  15. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    Mad props to all of you who have attained citizenship. You had to work hard for something the rest of us take for granted. I worked with a friend from Canada when he was studying for his citizenship, and I couldn't answer too many of the questions.
     
  16. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

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    Citizenship process isn't easy anywhere you go, that's part of the process, and one reason Republicans want illegals to get in line. There are millions waiting patiently for their turn.
     
  17. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    What an uplifting thread.

    Thank you for starting it @yaxomoxay - and for making the critical point that while elections matter, so, too, does actively participating in the actual electoral process by choosing to vote, or electing to vote for a candidate or candidates, or parties.

    For most of history, most men, and almost all women had absolutely no say in who governed them, and this is a precious and hated fight for, and hard won right in many cases. To this day, in much of the world, people have little or no meaningful say in choosing who governs or rules them.

    Therefore, to my mind, exercising the franchise is one of the most important things one can do as a committed and engaged citizen, and it is something I take very seriously.

    Congratulations on voting and congratulations, too, on your citizenship.
     
  18. unlinked macrumors 6502a

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    Boy are the Jill Stein voters going to hate you.
    Assuming they actually exist.
     
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    There's no line and there's no turn. That's just a metaphor that misses an important aspect of the U.S. immigration system.

    But, for a moment, let's assume that there is a line.

    There are people from the Philippians who have waited more than 20 years to get in, while people from France get to skip the bouncer, and a group of a trust fund kids have been sneaking going right to the Champagne room because they've got $500,000. Meanwhile, the Mexican (and increasingly Central American and Asian) cooks and dishwashers have been keeping the place running for decades when they're not ducking the bouncers.
     
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    Congrats. My parents used to bring me to the voting center on voting day as a child. Strangely enough, I've never actually voted in person. Only on absentee ballots.
     
  21. Mousse macrumors 68000

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    I voted for Jill Stein.;) I was a Gary guy back when I didn't know anything about him. But the more I hear about him, the more his stocks dropped. I don't know anything about Jill Stein, but she can't be worst than a mass murder, a crazed narcissist or a clueless pothead, amirite?

    I know it was a wasted vote in a Blue State, but down with the 2 party system.;)
     
  22. LizKat macrumors 68040

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    Good on you. I don't think a third party vote is a wasted vote. I'm going to cast one too, probably. I admit if I lived in a swing state I'd probably follow my party registration (which is getting shakey thanks to the DNC) and cast a vote for Clinton this year.
     
  23. yaxomoxay thread starter macrumors 68000

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    No vote is a wasted vote. Actually, if we want to move out of this two-party system this year is the year in which a third party can gain credibility for 2020. It's not all about winning in 2016, it's about gaining enough traction for the future.
     
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    Unless and until third parties start getting elected on a local and state level, third party Presidential candidates will matter not.
     

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