I Voted No Today

This afternoon a couple of us walked over to the City Clerk's office to vote early. I've never voted early before, so wasn't quite sure what to expect. It was, of course, quick and easy and basically just entailed asking for an absentee ballot, writing my name and address on a few things, and casting my vote.

Here in Madison the ban is “Question One” under referendums on the back of the ballot. Unfortunately the ballot is going to look different for different municipalities across the state. In some places it’s on the front of the ballot, some on the back, and it isn’t necessarily “Question One” everywhere.

Connecting the arrow to the word “no” was a pretty exciting moment. It was definitely weird to finally see the text of the amendment in front of me to decide.

Has anyone else already voted? I’m curious what it felt like for you when you saw the ballot.


At 5:29 PM, Anonymous Kate said...

I voted this afternoon as well, and I have to be honest, I was a little emotional. A million thoughts ran through my head, but mainly, I thought of the people whom I work with on a daily basis that this will affect the most.

This campaign has become my entire life, and its quite bizarre to see the amendment finally brought to life on the ballot!

It felt good to vote no and carry on the proud tradition of progressive voting that Wisconsin is known for!!!

At 5:50 PM, Blogger Earthbound Spirit said...

I'm in Chicago every week from Mon. eve. through Thur. afternoon. This week I cast an absentee ballot, along with my college freshman daughter. It feels good to have cast my "NO" vote on this amendment. I've only missed a couple of elections, but I'm not missing this one.

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At 5:55 PM, Anonymous Jane said...

I voted yesterday during my lunch break, and it was by far the most emotionally loaded voting experience I've ever had. It felt AWESOME to connect the arrow by the NO option.

I'll now spend election day and the three preceding days on GOTV activities to help make sure many other Wisconsinites vote NO, too.

At 11:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I voted today and was super excited to flaunt my "I Voted!" sticker the rest of the day in the office. Not only was it an emotional and exciting experience to see the question on the ballot, but I traced that line 5 TIMES! I left an indent in the paper!

-Jordan in Milwaukee

At 10:21 AM, Blogger Communitygal said...

Hmmm . . . I think I know how I'm spending my lunch break today! As 11/7, "voting day," gets closer, the lines at the City Clerk's office will begin to form and grow, so the sooner the better I say! Every minute I don't spend in line gives me that much more time to contribute to making sure every single NO voter votes. And, of course, I will be secure in the fact that my vote is already in the box!

At 1:35 PM, Anonymous Kory said...

Okay...reading all this makes me impatient for the mail to arrive with my ballot.

Thank you all for voting NO. I'll be joining your ranks soon!

At 12:12 AM, Anonymous Mark Spreitzer said...

I'm concerned about the fact that the title of the ballot question, in bold, is "marriage." Who gets to decide that the title of this whole issue is "marriage" when it is also about so much more? The one thing I do like though is that the two parts are put together as one sentence, which should make it more likely that people will actually read the full text of the amendment before voting. But will they understand it? That depends on us to reach enough voters and talk to them about the amendment before they see it on the ballot. We need more volunteers!


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