The Franchise Continued

 

ID? Damn straight. Here you go…

Within the last hour my youngest child exercised his right to vote for the very first time in the Ohio primary. At 17, he has the ability to vote on party choices for the November general election. He was the only under-age voter in our precinct to take advantage of the opportunity. The poll workers were thrilled to have a young man come into the voting station. Half of them were crushed to find out he was declaring as a Republican.

This fall he will vote absentee because he will be at King’s Point at the USMMA.

Before we went I quizzed him on the stances of the candidates and his answers showed he took this as seriously as I could hope for.

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  1. Jim McConnell Member
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    Congratulations! It seems you did your job well.

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  2. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    A good man, he is, in many ways. No surprise there.

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  3. Chuck Thatcher
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    He is a standout.

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  4. The Reticulator Member
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    EJHill: Half of them were crushed to find out he was declaring as a Republican.

    I hope the other half were smirking with glee. 

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  5. hoowitts Coolidge
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  6. Sandy Member
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    Quite a franchise, EJ.   Well done. 

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  7. Annefy Member
    Annefy
    @Annefy

    Well done!

    We had a couple of election cycles when most of the kids were around, and election time and election day were always an event. We have an Aussie friend who became a citizen seven years ago; he was nervous about the test and we practiced often, turning it into a drinking game. After we kept the process up with the propositions on all the ballots.

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  8. Doug Watt Moderator
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    Congrats to your son, your wife, and you.

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  9. Stad Coolidge
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    EJHill: Half of them were crushed to find out he was declaring as a Republican.

    I would love to see a video of that . . .

    EJHill: This fall he will vote absentee because he will be at King’s Point at the USMMA.

    Congratulations!

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  10. carcat74 Member
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    Annefy (View Comment):

    Well done!

    We had a couple of election cycles when most of the kids were around, and election time and election day were always an event. We have an Aussie friend who became a citizen seven years ago; he was nervous about the test and we practiced often, turning it into a drinking game. After we kept the process up with the propositions on all the ballots.

    How much in advance was this “drinking game”?

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  11. carcat74 Member
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    The apple stayed close to the tree…..

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  12. Percival Thatcher
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    Well done, EJ.

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  13. Annefy Member
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    carcat74 (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    Well done!

    We had a couple of election cycles when most of the kids were around, and election time and election day were always an event. We have an Aussie friend who became a citizen seven years ago; he was nervous about the test and we practiced often, turning it into a drinking game. After we kept the process up with the propositions on all the ballots.

    How much in advance was this “drinking game”?

    I think it’s highly appropriate to show up at the polls with a wicked hangover.

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  14. carcat74 Member
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    Annefy (View Comment):

    carcat74 (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    Well done!

    We had a couple of election cycles when most of the kids were around, and election time and election day were always an event. We have an Aussie friend who became a citizen seven years ago; he was nervous about the test and we practiced often, turning it into a drinking game. After we kept the process up with the propositions on all the ballots.

    How much in advance was this “drinking game”?

    I think it’s highly appropriate to show up at the polls with a wicked hangover.

    Wicked? Wish you were dead kind, or just one more?

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  15. Hang On Member
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    Congratulations to your son, especially for the USMMA. 

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  16. kedavis Member
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    EJHill: The poll workers were thrilled to have a young man come into the voting station. Half of them were crushed to find out he was declaring as a Republican.

    What business is it of theirs how he “identifies?”

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  17. EJHill Podcaster
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    kedavisWhat business is it of theirs how he “identifies?”

    Ohio has a closed primary. You don’t register as a party member you just declare at the polls what ballot you want to vote on. 

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  18. EJHill Podcaster
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    He reports just after the July 4th holiday. I expect a completely self-centered and totally unwarranted post about it sometime around the 10th.

    • #18
  19. Barfly Member
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    The United States Merchant Marine Academy just might be the best school of seamanship in the world. Navy sailors hold it in great respect.

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