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I Voted Today, Have You?

I voted today, have you voted yet?  My husband and I had a little time to spare this morning, so we decided to go ahead and head up to the Collin County Community College and vote.

It was a little awkward since we don't really talk politics in our house.  We're two very strong-headed people and we're both NEVER wrong.  It's been brought up a couple of times, but no real opinions were given about the people, though we did talk about the issues since it's the issues that matter the most.

Needless to say, for a split second, I thought we were going to vote for different people, but we didn't.

I had never stepped foot in Quad C (that's what we call it around here since it's a long name).  It was fairly clean.  The voting space was very small and not private at all.  Kids (are they kids or what age are these college people these days?) were sitting around waiting for their next class, and it was loud.

The voting booths weren't even booths.  They were computer screens with a 6 inch screen on either side so the person next to you couldn't "cheat".  I went to the empty one at the far back while my husband chose the very first booth at the front.

I chose to vote early because I don't see how the rest of the week or weekend could change my mind.  I don't think there's anything else that any of the candidates can say that they haven't already said.

It's almost like when I was dating Mike and said, "What else do you need to know about me that you don't already know?"  He didn't  have an answer, so I told him that either I was leaving or we were getting married.  Why drag things out when they don't need to  be?  We celebrated our third anniversary last week.

Anyway, get out and vote.  If you don't know by now, you're not going to know. What are you waiting for?  Personally, I was waiting for each party to say "Early April Fool's!  Here are our real candidates!!" but it never happened! Oh well, maybe in 4 years we'll get some better choices.

**Graphic courtesy of the VOTEXAS website.

Comment balloon 26 commentsDonna Harris • October 30 2008 02:04PM


I will vote on the mind is already made up, just a traditionalist!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Donna, this is a nice kind of political post to read!  Good for you for voting early.  So now are you also going to vote often?

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

I'm thinking we'll see a lot more voters than usual this time around. It has been quite the season- I have a guess on the outcome. I'm sure I'll be wrong on my predictions- though I did predict the George winning electoral/Al the popular of a few years back (my last lucky guess when it comes to politics.)

Posted by Chuck Willman, Utah Homes (Utah Homes) almost 12 years ago

I voted.  We all have mail in ballots here, so I sent mine in a few days ago.  No hour long lines, etc.  I also agree that this is a nice political post.  There have been some very nasty ones on here lately. 

Posted by Matthew Ricker (Keller Williams) almost 12 years ago

Gary, I had only voted once before so I don't have any traditions yet! :)

Patricia, I'm not sure how often I can vote when elections aren't every month, but I'm sure I'll start voting more once I get to my new city and learn just how "liberal" Austin really is.  I might just shake things up a bit!  LOL!

Chuck, I couldn't even give you a guess.  I can tell you what I think the "obvious" outcome should be, but too many people aren't looking at the issues, so who knows.

Matthew, We have mail in also, but I don't trust my mailman or the post office!  Things get lost all the time, and I wanted to make sure my vote counted!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 12 years ago

Hi Donna, I voted last week. Glad you and your husband got out early, did your thing, and avoided the crowds on Tuesday.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 12 years ago

This is the first year my state has allowed early voting.  I decided to go ahead and wait until Nov. 4th to cast my ballot. 

I wish they did internet voting!  How col would that be!!! 

Posted by Chad Baird (Re/Max Spirit) almost 12 years ago

Donna, Thanks for the reminder.  Great idea to get the word out.  My son came home from college and voted a week ago. Fred

Posted by Fred Doleac, Real Estate in a Virtual World (Fred Doleac - Bean Group) almost 12 years ago


I voted early as well. Last time, the line was so long it took me over 1 hour to vote. I still voted, but, learned something. The early ballot is the only way to go from here on out!

Rob Becker, Top Rock Realty

Gilbert, Arizona

Posted by Rob Becker, Designated Broker - Mesa Gilbert, Arizona (Top Rock Realty) almost 12 years ago

Gary Woltal, Yeah for voting!

Chad, I thought all states allowed early voting.  Interesting that it's new in some states.

Fred, You're welcome, and now you have no excuses!

Rob, Over an hour?  That sounds like that voting line in Ohio 4 years ago!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 12 years ago

I voted today also.  I stood in live with my wife for 3 hours to do so.

Posted by Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR (Maximum One Executive REALTORS®) almost 12 years ago

Donna - Congratulations on voting.  "Vote Early, Vote Often"....Just kidding.  We dont have early voting in NJ, but I wish we did.  That way I can skip the hooplah of election day :)

Have a great day


Posted by Leander McClain, Cecil & Harford County Realtor almost 12 years ago

YES!  I voted last week and so did my wife.  It is a right that too many people take for granted!

Posted by David Slavin, CDPE, ABR, SRES Keller Williams Premier (Keller Williams Premier) almost 12 years ago

I'm heading out tomorrow to do my part. Between you writing my name in on your ballot and me doing the same, I've got at least two votes! I'm counting on my mother for that third vote!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 12 years ago

Donna - I voted a couple of weeks ago by absentee ballot. My husband did that for the first time and loved that he could take his time to fill it out, look at his notes, etc.

Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) almost 12 years ago

I'll be voting on the 4th.  My daughter sent in her absentee ballot from the UK. 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 12 years ago

I'm going to try and make it to vote tomorrow...  if not, I will be in line with the rest of the voters.

Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) almost 12 years ago

Not me and wont be until the next election. I hate that I dont get to vote but I still have to pay my taxes. I'm not US citizen yet. Working towards it though.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) almost 12 years ago

We voted last week at the records building in downtown Dallas.  Expected long line we were in and out in less then 5 minutes.  More people in line to get license plates then to vote.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker almost 12 years ago

Jim, 3 hours?  You're kidding!?  Was that the only place in town?

Leander, Maybe you can help get early voting to your state.  I could have sworn every state had this.

David, Good for you!

Craig, I thought you were voting for me?  I wrote in my name knowing I could count on you!

Sharon, My husband brought a "cheat sheet" with him.

Cindy, Don't forget as much can happen between then and now.

Debbie, Get out today.  Much less crowded.

Loreena, We'll be looking for your vote next time!

Richard, Same here.  I was almost like, this is it?  I didn't get a sticker like last time though.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 12 years ago

I will vote on the 4th. The lines will be shorter.

Posted by Cheri Smith, Realtor Prudential Gary Greene (Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX) almost 12 years ago


Eric & talked about what would  happen if both candidates were to withdrawal like... right now! what would happen?


Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) almost 12 years ago

Donna - I've known for some time who I was going to vote for, but we don't have early voting in KY.  If the turnout predictions are correct, I'll be waiting a long time. 

Posted by Erik Hitzelberger, Louisville - Middletown Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes) almost 12 years ago

Cheri, With so many people voting early, you might be right.

Greg, If they both withdrawal, Bob Barr would probably be declared the winner then... not sure if that's a good choice either.

Erik, Get there early!

In 2004, 2.4 million people in DFW voted early.  As of yesterday, 2.7 million already voted thus far, and there is still today to get through.  LOTS of people voting early to not wait.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 12 years ago

I have no idea who Bob Barr is. Is he R or D? How could that be fair?

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) almost 12 years ago

Barr is the Liberal on the ballot.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 12 years ago