Exercise Your Right To Vote

"Vote your hopes, not your fears"

Today is Election Day here in the US and altho many States have allowed their citizens the ability to vote early, the first Tuesday in November of a Presidential Election Year is the official Election Day. At 12AM ET, the small hamlet of Dixville Notch, New Hampshire was the “first in the nation” to open their polls and allow their citizens to vote. Because of the small number of voters there, the results were made known mere moments after the voting opened. Altho Dixville Notch is traditionally heavily Repbulican the Democratic nominee, Senator Barack Obama, won by a landslide … at least by Dixville Notch standards:


Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama emerged victorious in the first election returns of the 2008 presidential race, winning 15 of 21 votes cast in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire. People in the village in New Hampshire’s northeast corner voted just after midnight Tuesday. It was the first time since 1968 that the village leaned Democratic in an election. Obama’s rival, Republican John McCain, won 6 votes. A full 100 percent of registered voters in the village cast ballots. And the votes didn’t take long to tally. The town, home to around 75 residents, has opened its polls shortly after midnight each Election Day since 1960, drawing national media attention for being the first place in the country to make its presidential preferences known … The result in Dixville Notch is hardly a reliable bellwether for the eventual winner of the White House — or even the result statewide. While New Hampshire is a perennial swing state, with 4 Electoral College votes at stake, Dixville Notch consistently leans Republican. The last Democrat it picked was Hubert Humphrey over Richard Nixon in 1968.

I am so impressed that this small section of the State of New Hampshire takes such pride in voting. They are a true testament to the spirit of the electoral process here in the US. If only the rest of the country would follow suit.

That said, I think this year’s election will prove that more people (possibly than ever, surely than the last few elections) are interested in participating in the electoral process by casting their votes. Already we’ve heard of people waiting up to 10 hours in line to cast their early votes in this election. As a student of Political Science, it’s is a great treat for me to watch the way this election has unfolded over the past (almost) 2 years. While I would never tell anyone how to vote, I feel it incumbent to express who I am supporting in this presidential election because of the historical implications — whoever wins — of this year’s election. Anyone familiar with my site must know by now that I am proudly casting my vote for Senator Barack Obama:


I have been a life-long Democrat ever since turning 18 years old and learning what each of the major Political Parties stand for. I find that my social beliefs fall in line with the Party Platform of the Democratic Party and am happy to cast my vote in that manner. But this year is different … this year, the Dems have nominated a man who sparks such enthusiasm in me, such an exciting feeling of inclusion and hope that, indeed, it is the man himself who has won my vote, not just his Political Party. We Americans enjoy such a privilege to vote in this country that it is criminal to take that right for granted. But I can understand the feeling some voters have to either vote against someone or to not care at all. So many folks have been disenfranchised for so many years, as sad as it is to say … I can absolutely understand why some people do not feel they can be a part of the political process. Senator Barack Obama is a man to believe in — to want to vote for. It’s not a matter of voting against his opponent, it’s a matter of voting for this man who I honestly believe will lead our country into a hopeful and prosperous future. I am wholly confident that Barack Obama will be the President that our country desperately needs right now. Since the first time I heard it, I vividly recall a particular line from Michelle Obama‘s keynote speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO this past Summer. Michelle urged voters to “vote their hopes, not their fears” and I can’t think of a more appropriate way to explain why I am choosing to vote Barack Obama for President of the United States of America.

Again, I am not telling anyone how to vote, nor am I trying to convince anyone that they should vote my way … I am merely so excited to get to my polling place and wait however long it will take to get my turn and cast my ballot for Barack Obama. I cannot express my excitement over this election. The winds of change are blowing and the US is on the verge of a new future. It’s an exciting time to be an American. We are so close to so much hopeful promise … the feeling is electric. I urge all Americans to get out and VOTE. Have your say, be a part of history and do your civic duty. As citizens, you owe it to your country … but, perhaps more importantly, you owe it to yourselves.

Please, if you have the time and inclination, send me a photo of yourself, family members and/or friends proudly wearing your I Voted stickers and I will happily post them on the site this week. Email your photos to pinkisthenewblog@gmail.com AND VOTE, Y’ALL!!!!!!!

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  1. dubc

    Well said Trent! ;) Just came back a couple of hours ago from voting for…Obama/Biden! :) Happy times to come…

  2. Anna

    Wow Wow WOW!!! I’m English, and I can NOT tell you how EXCITING it is that it’s election day for your guys!! I Hope you all get your asses out there and vote (OBAMA BABIES!!!)…Just been reading up about the voting so far on the news and aaaah….It feels like I’m American, It’s so so so exciting!! HAPPY VOTING EVERYONE, I hope whatever the outcome, that it’s the right choice for your country…and for ours, because as much as I HATE to admit it, Britain is completely in the hands of America, so go vote OBAMA!!! lol

  3. SP

    I’m not an American citizen but studying in the U.S, therefore I cannot vote but I am still supporting Barack Obama as I believe him winning the election will inspire change in other countries in the world too, so go OBAMA!!! He is an amazing person and will be an amazing president…woohoo!!

  4. Katie

    This was beautifully said. I’ve been an Obama supporter from the very beginning and cast my vote several weeks ago when I sent in my absentee ballot. I’m actually in the UK studying for the semester and I have to say, Anna’s sentiments match those of everyone I’ve spoken to here about the election. People hear my accent and the first question they ask is who I’m voting for (although what they mean is, are you voting for obama? haha). It’s an amazing feeling to know that my participation in this election not only makes a difference in the US, but in countries all over the world.

  5. nat

    I’m not able to vote since I’m only here on a green card, but you betcha I would if I could.Voting is a right that too many people take lightly, but are quick to complain when things don’t go the way they thought they should.It bothers me when we get all excited because voter turn out is close to 50%, why can’t it be close to 100%?So stop making excuses that your vote don’t make a difference, when you add it all up it does………

  6. LOVECarrie

    I was so excited to stand in line to vote this morning and make history…you’da thought I was at a Carrie concert. lol. But seriously, well said, Trent. I was a Hillary supporter that turned to Obama…he represents what we need: Change and Hope. So, y’all who can. GO VOTE…and G-OBAMA!

  7. AnaMaria

    Here’s hoping that Indiana will go blue!!!
    I’m glad that this election of partisanship, fear mongering, and unfounded (ridiculous) accusations is coming to a close. This a time for unity and change – GOBAMA!

  8. Kathleen

    Here’s hoping that y’all are making history right now. I am an Expat living iin Europe–but I voted: OBAMA/BIDEN ’08!

  9. Siobhan

    Cali, no on 8! Arizona, no on 102! Florida, no on 2! Stop the hate!

  10. Jill

    I have never voted before, and I am so excited!!

    haha I’m lame.

  11. Tiffany

    Very well said, Trent. Obama is the first politician I feel like I have really been able to get behind, and I couldn’t have been more proud to cast my ballot for him and Senator Biden. Today I’m proudly wearing my Obama ’08 shirt, and look forward to hearing the results of today’s election!

  12. Katie

    OBAMA 08!
    SO SO SO SO EXCITED!!

  13. Dianna

    2 hours in line, one vote for Obama!!!

  14. Jessica

    Trent I am soo happy that you are getting people out there to vote and not hating on the Mcain supporters. . . it shows that you have real class. . . but as a military family member I will be voting Mcain :)
    I respect your vote for Obama :)
    whoever wins wins and we will have to respect them and the votes of our fellow americans!!

  15. James

    Actually both of the choices are very poor this year.
    But demagoguery is easy to fall for if you just want “hope” and “change” and can’t be bothered to think.

  16. Sarah

    Trent: I’ve enjoyed your writing for several years. The blog has been a bright spot for me during several down years. Today’s post was especially elegantly written. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Mr. Gyllenhaal

    I VOTED!!! YIPPEEE!!!!! WAITED AN HOUR AND A HALF BUT WORTH IT!!!

  18. Kate

    I wish I could vote, but alas Canadians do not have that privilege in America ;)

    OBAMA/BIDEN ’08

  19. Splacer

    Even though I cannot vote (I am Canadian) I have been following this campaign with interest and excitment. Tomorrow morning I will wake with bated breath hoping that America voted for CHANGE.

    Obama/Biden ’08!

  20. Posh

    I got to the polls before they even opened to wait in line, but I still had a half hour wait. Still worth it though- hopefully Obama can pull it off!

  21. Nika

    I wasn’t sure who to vote for, but I really wanted to vote since I just turned 18. I’ve had doubts about Obama’s skill and McCain’s policy, but in the end, I put on Bob Dylan’s ‘Times They are A-Changin’ and cast a vote for Obama.

  22. Shannon

    Another Canadian here, who has fingers crossed for Obama!

  23. Vamp

    Ah, if only we Canucks had interesting and compelling politicians again. If only our candidates last month had anything valid and dynamic to say. If only they talked TO us instead of tossing childish insults at each other months before the election was even called. Sadly, for us, it was another stale batch of same old, same old…and they wonder why our own voter turnout drops each time we’re dragged kicking and screaming to the polls to make a decison in the latest schoolyard tauntfest. I’ve been so very jealous of the US campaign this year, it was fascinating to watch and listen to….even if I didn’t get my hoped for throwdown between Hilary and Condaleeza for the top job. :)

  24. Molle

    I’m English, and I want OBAMA!!! Fingers crossed- can’t wait for tonight! xxx

  25. Panti Christ

    I was so excited to vote this morning that I went a little further in my morning routine and, I suppose you could say, I actually dressed up for the occasion. I’ll stay up all night if need be for the results, maybe even still wearing my “I Made a Difference, So Can You” sticker! Go Obama! This is so EXCITING!

  26. Tara

    I wasn’t going to vote this year since I had no one I really wanted to vote for. However, I felt it would be irresponsible to not vote. So today I was all for planning to vote my traditional republican vote. Alas, after a strange dream I decided to take the time to read up on the issues that matter most to me. I was pleasantly surprised at Obama’s stands on such issues. I shall cast a vote for him today. I hope he has the ability to back up his promises. :D

  27. Jaanu

    OBAMA BABY!!!! :)

  28. Girl

    Good for you, Tara! I’m glad people are thinking about things that are important before making such an important decision. (Regardless.. irregardless?… of who you end up voting for)

    Obama/Biden ’08

  29. Lori

    I stood in line for 1 hour and 16 minutes before I got to vote. But that is such a short time compared to the 8 years we have had to endure Bush!

    Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Rome

    Almost sorry to swim against the current here, but I for one am sick and tired of Obama Obama Obama. For the love of God, enough already! Reality will hit you and it will hit you hard soon enough.

    Hillary 2012!

  31. Amber

    Starbucks is giving away a free cup of coffee for every person that voted!! Just so y’all know!!

  32. Iris

    I voted. I didn’t have to wait, so yay! I can’t wait to see how many young voters were inspired and voted this year..

    It was my first time voting.

  33. Momo

    Do you Candians even realize what voting for McCain or Obama means for our country??? Obama is planning to change alot of things in free trade which is BAD for Canadians. I’m not saying i hate the guy, but know the facts before throwing your undying support to him. Like Anderson Cooper said this morning….let the facts speak for themselves and don’t go with the media hype.
    That being said Trent i love you and love the way you get everyone excited to vote (which ever way they choose).

  34. Colbi

    Say goodbye to 8 long years of Bush! :D:D

    GOBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Change is on the way.

  35. Momo

    ooooh your voting right now! how exciting for you Trent!

  36. cheryl

    This is an important day in history for all Americans. Go Barack Go. This country needs to move in a new direction. Let’s give America a chance to shine and once again be a Nation to inspire our global neighbors. Instead of having the world look down on us as “Ugly Americans.” Thanks to all who got up, got out ,and voted!

  37. Monica

    I never thought this day would get here. Go Obama go!

    California voters – don’t forget to VOTE NO ON PROP 8!!

  38. liza

    Great post Trent! i’m also very excited for today…haven’t voted yet…but will be doing so as soon as my son gets out of school…we have a little tradition and he has always gone with me to vote. We are both excited for tonight! Obama08!

  39. Cherron

    woop woop!!! GO TRENT!
    i am so excited/nervous/anxious for today.
    I loved this post, & i agree with you 100%!!!! [:
    this is the most exciting time to be a citizen of the US, and i’m so proud to be apart of this Historical moment!!!! [:

    Barack the Vote Bitches!!

  40. Tara

    Oh yes, forgot to say for all Arizona dwellers, please vote no on Prop 102.

  41. FK

    Wonderful post Trent! Today’s the day! I waited in line two hours and voted! Tara, how great to read your post! Good for you. Let’s do this!

  42. nola girl

    Well said – however, Obama’s promise of “change” without consistent specifics hasn’t won me over. I can’t simply vote for “change”. That, to me, would be voting in fear.

  43. Cherron

    also,
    AZ votes, please vote no on 102, even if you don’t vote on any other props.
    Lets give everyone equal rights in this “free” country, yes?

    thanks for reminding me, tara.

    NO on 102!!

  44. Ocea

    Trent, love the post! I hope it’s the only one on your blog today. It is the only message that is needed and was written so eloquently. If everyone votes, I have no doubt in my mind that by tonight – Obama will be elected!

  45. Linnea1928

    Yay people! Get out the vote!! Lines here in Minneapolis are out the door, but rather than getting annoyed, I’m excited!!! Look at how many people are voting!! Squee!!!

    I was so mad yesterday, I have a friend who told me she wasn’t voting because she doesn’t want to be an uninformed voter. I was like, go effing inform yourself!! Listen, I don’t care who you vote for (well, I do, but) just GO VOTE!! If you don’t vote, you don’t care about your country or the future!!

  46. tsagrednerp

    I am not eligible to vote (not american) but I have family who are, family I love and care about. I love it when people say “I can’t just vote for Obama because…” for whatever reason they give. No one is forcing you to vote for Senator Obama, no one. We respect the opnion you have not to vote for him or your reservations about voting for him but no one is forcing you to do so. What I want is for people to make a fair and fear-free choice. Weigh the facts, read about each candidate and cast your vote for whom YOU think is best. This is your country, your life. No one can make the choice for you and going on and on about not jumping on the bandwagon is a waste of time and energy. If you want your voice to be heard, let them hear it loud and clear at that polling station. Vote and ensure that your representatives do what they are to do. Be apart of not just the process today but apart of the process for every year it isn’t a presendential year. These people represent you.

  47. CC

    When I cast my vote last week I actually became a little misty-eyed. I have never been so passionate about or compelled by an election, let alone a candidate.
    While I hope with all of my heart that Senator Obama is victorious, even a McCain administration will be heads and shoulders above the current one.
    In that sense we will all be winners tonight!

  48. Ashlee

    I am lucky, even though I grew up in Canada I was born in America so I have the opportunity to vote during this historical election. I am proud to be Mormon and proud to be voting Obama/Biden. As a group that has faced their own descrimination and hate I can’t understand why some would turn the same sentiments towards any other group, no matter who they are or what they believe. I have the freedom to worship what I want, to love who I love, and to marry the person I love, why should I take away that freedom from someone else. Thank you Trent for being so passionate about this election.
    OBAMA 08

  49. Emelie

    Hey i’m not an american citizen in fact I live in Europe but the U.S election is a big deal here as well. They are gonna broadcast all night here in sweden about the election. I belive it’s important to vote and Iwill vote in the next election here in sweden (wasn’t old enough last time). It is a intresting election this year because eighter way it’s gonna be an historic one. I personally hope for Obama. He might be young but so was Kennedy. He also has a political line that I think is good both for the US and the rest of the world. Because it’s a huge deal for the rest of the world as well. And of course I don’t like Sarah Palin. Many women here in Sweden thinks she should get to office just becuse she is a woman but if she makes it, she is just gonna make it harder for women to be equal to men.

  50. Katt

    so i’m not the most political person at all- but i am very excited about today! its kinda a big deal ;)
    cali voters- vote no on 8
    go Obama!!!

  51. downtown julie brown

    It’s good to see so many people excited! This is how the election process is suppose to be.

    vote your hopes, not your fears, <——- very appropriate.

  52. Brian

    Hope in four years from now your enthusiasm is well founded. I just have serious doubts about Obama because of his associations and his resdistribution of wealth talk. We will see how he does. I voted McCain, but because of the collapse of George Bush’s administration it might be the time to give the Democrats a chance. Pray they pick up the ball and run with it instead of fumbling it like the Republicans have over the last 8 years. I fear the later.

  53. Nina

    The US Election 2008 is very inspiring. I’ve never seen so much passion from the citizens as they make a decision for their country and their future. Both candidates are also not just focused on winning, but in forming a better country. You are an example to other countries, and we laud you for that.

    Even though I am not American, I feel it is important that I still support the US Elections and urge my American friends to vote, because I know whoever acquires the formal title of US President, ultimately, has an effect on my country (Philippines) and I…

    I support Barack Obama.

  54. Waves from NZ. I can’t vote but I totally support Barack Obama and am so proud to be seeing a whole country embracing such a positive change. Make the world proud!!!

  55. Missy

    Just got home from voting. Yes on Obama. No on 8.

  56. anon

    I hope Obama wins, and finish the 8 years of a republican politic that is destroying this country!!!!!!!!

  57. I’m voting Obama but I have mixed feelings about it. Honestly, I don’t think either candidate is good enough. I still wish Hilary had won the Democratic nomination. Let’s see if Obama lives up to all the hype.

  58. Jill

    I just got back from voting. I feel so adult. haha and am also rocking this I Voted sticker.

  59. Kim

    While I respect the opinions of everyone here regarding who they vote for, I have to say that this has been the most disturbing and disgusting of all presidential elections I’ve witnessed or studied. Regardless of the outcome, we are a nation divided, more so than ever before, and the results of this election will only deepen the divide. Rather than uniting the liberal left with the conservative right, the opposite has occurred. Threats of violence, acts of vandalism and are occurring while you vote. Think about it. I don’t know where our country is headed, but I do believe it is time for me to consider if this is where myself and my family will live out our days.

    I voted two weeks ago and yet feel violated and insulted by the campaigns, the media and everyone associated…

  60. Me

    Why can’t you just make a great, fun, and entertaining website and let me make up my own mind about who I want to vote for? Does it make you feel cool or powerful or something? More or less you are just an entertainer – just entertain please! I love your site – just keep it fun and let me make up my own mind – please.

  61. Hey Me, I’m not trying to make you make up your mind, I’m expressing how I came to make up my mind. It actually makes me proud that I live in a country where I am free to express my beliefs proudly.

  62. Presley

    Oh Me, Get off your high horse….

    It is very possible to make up your own mind without being pursuaded by what is written in this BLOG (yeah that’s right, it’s a blog not the gospel). Man some people are just plain ridiculous..

  63. Amy

    While I don’t agree with Trent’s politics (or a lot of the comments posted here), I can definitely relate to the feeling of pride at voting this election. I voted in 2004, but with my party, not because of any particular connection I felt with the candidate. It is completely different this time around. I voted two weeks ago, but kept my sticker so I could proudly wear it today. I feel so blessed to live in a country where I am not only entitled to my opinion, but have the chance to make my voice heard by taking advantage of my right to vote. I am reminded at this time of a quote by Voltaire: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Everyone, go cast your votes, and make your voice heard, but please let this be the last day that we attack each other, and intentionally injure those whose beliefs happen to be opposite of the other. Tomorrow, we will have a new president, and I pray that we can move on and forward together, and that the man elected is the right one for our country and that he has the wisdom and courage to unite liberals and conservatives alike.

  64. Vamp

    Momo: Not every single Canadian thinks NAFTA is 100% perfect just the way it is. I will venture that its not been very good for us as is anyway in a lot of respects and likely could use a fresh looksee and change. And try not to assume that any Canadian who has decided to support Obama has not taken the time to learn facts for themselves. Even my father, a staunch, dyed in the wool traditional Conservative who has openly supported the US Republican party for at least my entire 35 years and is one of the most politically aware and astute people I know, actually told me three weeks ago that if he were American, he’d vote for Obama over McCain. But then he growled when I metioned Trudeau, so I know he’s not running a fever or anything. And Me? Get over it. Trent or any other human being can state their political thoughts at any time. Deal with it. Grownups scroll past posts they don’t care about.

  65. Jennifer

    Wow, I’m very disappointed that my comment was removed. I said nothing more than the truth, and it was silenced. I hope you feel good about doing what you are so passionately against, and reinforcing the bias that is so sadly prominent in the mainstream media today. I didn’t want to believe that fair and balanced media was dead, but apparently I was very wrong.

  66. Gumby

    If Obama wins there will most definitely be change, but is the change good or bad, that is yet to be seen, personally, I’m not too optimistic :~(

  67. newtopic

    This is not the first time that I’ve come across comments about Trent or the way in which he runs his (awesome) blog. But that’s what it is. a BLOG. As owner of said blog Trent can do whatever he sees fit. So, Jennifer, if you don’t like it, go somewhere else. Like Foxnews.com maybe. Seems like your brand of “fair and balance” media.

  68. Lauri

    I miss voting eligibility by ONE day, and am…angered…upset…gah. Either way, i’m rooting for McCain…

  69. Dallas

    GO McCAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  70. i can’t help thinking it’s awesome that there has been such long lines all over… people taking a greater interest in public issues is always a good thing

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