TPMers Vote, Part #2

I confess, every election these pictures and stories nourish, enliven and inspire me. Thank you all for sharing them.

TPM Reader BW: “My wife and our two sons here in Madison, Wisconsin. We could have voted early, but we’re Native Americans, and we want to show our two boys how important it is for everyone in Indian Country to vote in each and every election. It’s now another one of our family traditions.”

TPM Reader SP: “I’ve worked with refugees for three decades and my wife works for a Latino community organization. It was our great pleasure this morning to vote in Evanston Illinois for Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump, who stands against everything we love about the United States. We will step up on the other 364 days of the year, but Election Day is special.”

TPM Reader DH: “We voted 2 weeks ago and since Washington State votes by mail we get to vote at home. It was a chance for my wife and daughter to share a historic moment.”

TPM Reader BD: “Trumansburg, NY”

TPM Reader JP: “I teach freshman comp at Dillard University. Today’s March to the Polls did a lot to help erase the David Duke debacle of last week. And frankly, being part of the casting of their first ballot made me cry. #BVM”

TPM Reader AM: “I’ve been reading TPM regularly since 2003 when I was a recent college grad. You’ve pulled me through every election since then and I literally (not literally) couldn’t have survived this one without you and the TPM team. Today I was proud to vote with my kids in Santa Monica, CA.”

TPM Reader SR: “We voted early, but still… (Memphis)”

TPM Reader TL: “I’m writing because I’m really proud that today is my wife’s first presidential election as a US citizen and voter. I mentioned to a neighbor (we live in NOLA) as I snapped this photo about what a big milestone it was for her and for us as a family, and he, an immigrant from Peru said it was his first election too – and that he registered to vote because of his concerns about Trump. Most of our neighbors are democratic voters, and everyone’s a little bit on edge about the election, but people were smiling – both neighbors we knew, and those we didn’t – because, like you said, voting is a communal activity, and perhaps seeing someone celebrate the opportunity to do something we so often take for granted (or come to see as such an obligation), renews that sense of perspective. It’s important, not only in the way it connects us with our democracy, but also in how it connects us with each other – especially in a neighborhood where we so often anonymously go about our business, never really getting to know each other. “

TPM Reader AF: “I have stage 4 lung cancer. I’m doing great right now, but this could well be my last Presidential election. It felt good to put all my affiliation pins on the lapel of my pantsuit, go down to the polling place of my small rural town, and vote for the person I believe will win and become our first female President. I’ve got my 4-H four-leaved clover next to my Democratic donkey.”