Tuesday, November 04, 2008

voting

my household all left around 11 to walk down the street together to our local polling station....
i've never seen anything like it - the line was around the block. hundreds of people came out.

when i voted in 2004 the line was about 10 minutes.

we waited over two and a half hours to vote - and we were SO FUCKING HAPPY to wait.
volunteers were passing out donuts. there were lots of wheelchairs and crutches. lots of people had their teeny kids with them.

i live in a predominantly black and senior citizen neighborhood in boston. lots of folks, all different.
rich south end folks, poor working class folks, wicked old folks.

when we were towards the front of the line, this 25-year old black kid came out of the voting booth and yelled
"My FIRST FRICKIN VOTE, ladies and gentlemen! OBAMA!" and everyone burst into applause.

FUCK! yes!!!


snapshot from the line:


when i filled in that oval, tears came to my eyes.

mother FUCKER.....

i can't wait. i can't wait.
please, let this be the beginning of something new.



x
AFP

9 comments:

Marco said...

Hope you voted Yes on #2 (marijuana decrim)!

Suzanne Burns said...

Thank you for the video Amanda! I voted very early this morning-- I was at the polling station at 6:30am, and the line was already around the building. I waited an hour. It was an amazing feeling. When I filled in that oval, I stopped to take a picture of it. I have so many hopes for the future!

evilforestgnome said...

agreed!

(...i've wanted to cry all day)

Cloe said...

Amanda you're great! And I hope Obama win and the change are good for everybody.

Kisses from spanish girl!!

Valerie said...

imI think the joy just woke me.

Fell asleep on the other side of this small world and turned on the TV to see how things were going...

They're waiting for Obama in Chicago.

And the change.

Please.

Rose's Books said...

OBAMA FUCKING WON! YEAH!!!

subtilezas said...

i'm from portugal, a small country in europe, and i so happy for this. i belive that this will be "the beginning of something new".
reading this post tears came to my eyes. so happy!

yorksdevil said...

Really they should have been asking that person why they hadn't been voting the last 6 years.

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