Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Now That's Patriotism

Posted by on Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 12:16 PM

My Twitter feed this morning was full of whiners: People who say the lines to vote were too long, Washington voters whining about how they didn't get a sticker when they voted, Republicans whining about a mural next to a polling place in Pennsylvania. But then I read stories like this and I get a lump in my throat:

A Chicago mom-to-be didn't let being in labor stop her from doing her duty as a citizen on Election Day.

With contractions five minutes apart, Galicia Malone stopped at Precinct 88 in Chicago to cast her vote on her way to the hospital, according to the Cook County Clerk's Office.

Malone, 21, was determined to vote in her first presidential election, even though her water had broken.

Galicia Malone is my American hero today.

 

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Dougsf 15
Any clue what Washington spends on elections vs. other states? I feel like y'all got it down pretty well. Wonder what's prohibiting other states to follow.
Posted by Dougsf on November 6, 2012 at 4:31 PM · Report this
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How about a 93-year-old WWII vet holding off on dying until he could fill out his ballot?

Oh yeah...and he was a Japanese American who volunteered for the military from the internment camp where he and his family had been imprisoned.

So I think I'm willing to put up with a little bit of logistical hassle to cast my vote.
Posted by Mr. Happy Sunshine on November 6, 2012 at 3:49 PM · Report this
singing cynic 13
Wow, no racist comments about hispanics or classist bullshit about young moms? You're losing your edge, Slog trolls.
Posted by singing cynic on November 6, 2012 at 2:45 PM · Report this
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Parents from Amish area. Did our non-voter use a car, telephone, zippers, electric light? Cause none of that is in the bible either.
Posted by david on November 6, 2012 at 2:38 PM · Report this
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Dammit! When I was a kid, we had to walk to school every single day!!!!!

(Thank the gods I only lived 2 blocks away.....)
Posted by sgt_doom on November 6, 2012 at 2:36 PM · Report this
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http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/06…

Woman breaks leg and has husband carry her inside so she can vote.
Posted by sisyphusgal on November 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM · Report this
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@8 may very well be true but still.

I'm a guy so I think pretty much any woman who gives birth is pretty damn bad ass (thanks @2). But this is off the charts.
Posted by Corydon on November 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM · Report this
gcm 8
Galicia knew several months ago that it might make sense for her to cast an absentee ballot. The shame is on IL for not doing a better job promoting use of mail in ballots.
Posted by gcm on November 6, 2012 at 1:07 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 7
Maybe it's me, but I see a HUGE difference between my friends waxing nostalgic for the "I Voted" stickers and people in swing states having to spend 9 hours in line & calling the officials on it.

But then, I'm not trying to make some over-generalized point about voting, either.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on November 6, 2012 at 1:00 PM · Report this
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Wow. And people here are whingeing about being too busy to buy stamps.
Posted by sarah70 on November 6, 2012 at 12:43 PM · Report this
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http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121…

Man suffers heart failure, is given CPR, and when he comes to asks, "Did I vote?"
Posted by dv8or70 on November 6, 2012 at 12:33 PM · Report this
Gordon Werner 4
one of my neighbors never votes because, as she says "voting is not in the Bible" ... even though she will be negatively affected if Romney/McKenna types win.
Posted by Gordon Werner on November 6, 2012 at 12:33 PM · Report this
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That mural on the wall? It was a photoshop job. You can see two clocks on the wall. And someone who should know said that the image was used in the 2008 campaign and not since. And yeah for this woman. I hope someone gave her cuts!
Posted by bareboards on November 6, 2012 at 12:31 PM · Report this
TVDinner 2
Bad. Ass.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on November 6, 2012 at 12:29 PM · Report this
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She actually voted Romney.
Posted by Amanda on November 6, 2012 at 12:29 PM · Report this

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