Well I have done my duty as a citizen of this country. I accomplished the most important thing I wanted to do this year. Become a citizen and then vote. I have never voted before, I became an adult here so I did not vote in Colombia, and even though I could have voted a couple of times for the Colombian president election I did not. Then this year I felt that I needed to vote.
I got up this morning, made myself some coffee and turned on the radio. Listened to people talk about the local vote for some propositions. It was good because the discussion made up my mind about one that was kind of undecided about. I vote for progress and prosperity. I do not care if people vote one way or another, I care that they exercise their right. That right also includes deciding not to vote.
The voting place was a local school that was walking distance away but since I was going to work right after I just drove. Parked the car and walked inside. As I get in line, I don’t feel any nervousness or hesitation. Then my turn to get my ballot comes and guess what. My name is not there. So I have to wait. They called the precinct and found me thank God. It was just that since I register by mail right after I got my citizenship they needed me to sign a card. Got that done and voted.
I got the punch card method. I did not like it at all, for some of the pages it was cool, but the busy pages you have to be very careful or you can almost vote for the wrong person. I can see why people got confused in the past. It bothered me that towards the back there were empty pages where they could have spread the vote a little better. But I voted, I am proud to be an American and exercise my right