Voting Girl: My Election Experience

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Most of you know, I was a very busy girl yesterday. I thought it might be fun for you to see highlights of my day. My morning started off by voting! Initially I was jumping up and down when I didn't see a line of people. I should've known it was too good to be true. My smile turned upside down when I found out the place where I vote (school) changed it's layout and voting was actually taking place on the opposite side of the building. So when we walked to the opposite side of the building, there was a HUGE line outside and inside. We ended up waiting a hour and a half to vote. They didn't even have any "I Voted!" stickers! :( Despite the grey skies, it didn't rain. So I was thankful for that. But ohhhh my mootsie tootsies! HaHaHa Well, Jessica Simpson bow flats! HaHaHa Just kidding! They were comfortable.

Then my mom decided to change out her SUV for a newer model. So we went to Lakeside Toyota and that took several hours. I've been holding on to my SUV and now I know WHY! Gosh, all the paperwork you have to sign is CRAZY! She purchased a 2013 Toyota Highlander and really likes it. So that's all that matters.

After all of that, I was super duper hungry! So we ended up going to a nearby restaurant called Deanies in Bucktown! It's not fancy, but they have REALLY good seafood. I had their seafood gumbo, ice cream pina colada, and their mate combo plate (shrimp and fish). I guess I was more tired then hungry, because I ended up bringing nearly all of it home! HaHaHa We had two other things on our to-do-list, but were too pooped to continue.

So that was my day everybody! If you live in the United States, how was your voting experience? If you live outside the United States, what's the voting process for your country? I would LOVE for you to share! I often wonder what others go through. We had lots of things to vote for, but I've never had to wait to vote for a hour and half. :S LOL!

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Style Journey said...

Girl, you were busy! I had to wait in line for about 5 minutes, but at the school where my daughter was at for daycare, the line was out the door! Heather

LiveLaughDecorate said...

That was a jam packed day lady! I voted by absentee ballot and tracked that sucker online. Vote tallied and I did it from the comfort of my desk/laptop. No more long lines for this Floridian.

Always Maylee said...

Voting was actually pretty simple in my precinct. I was in and out in about 5 minutes! The traffic though, was another story. :)

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

MaysaAndSunshine said...

This is a great story to share Kim. You are one awesome and responsible citizen. I was not too eager when voting season was near back home but i think i went anyway. I have yet to have an experience to share here in the states but my husband waited about 30 mins yesterday due to technical problems with machine. Your day sounded like an eventful one girl. Love your mama's new hot ride.

Sarah Stright said...

Wow, definitely sounds like a busy day!

Lorena said...

WOW sounds like you got everything done.
I don't live in the US, but I will vote in about 18 months....

Lindsay from Black + Blonde One said...

Busy day! I'm sorry you didn't get a sticker. I didn't either! And that's restuarant looks fab! I would love some good cajun food right about now!

TheTinyHeart said...

Wow, that took a while to vote! I had to vote with a provisional ballot since I went to a polling location out of my county. I was the first one there to use it! And I didn't get a voting sticker either :(

The Tiny Heart

Megan said...

Busy busy day! I was worried that the lines at the polls would be ridiculous, but thankfully in my small town it was quick and painless. And what a rip off that they didn't have "I Voted" stickers! That's the best part :)

Sheila said...

OMG that gumbo and seafood platter looks amazing!!!! drool....

I voted by the absentee ballot. And was on edge last night watching the polls. ;)

xo - Sheila

Jen @ redsolesandredwine said...

Voting - not a huge line for me but loved that you dedicated a post to it and your day was busy but great!

Red Soles and Red Wine

Little Rus said...

Sounds very eventful. :) It was nice to re-live a whole day with you. x

Irenita said...

Sounds like a nice day, Kim. Specially the food part :)

In Spain the voting process is quite similar. We have two big parties and elections are held every four years. I've never had to queue that long, though! a couple of minutes maximum!

Have a nice day today too

p.s. I love those ballet pumps im your photos, I have a very similar pair :)

Oh to Be a Muse said...

Those flats look super comfy. Sorry you had to wait in line, I had a 5-minute line where I went to was great.

I would love some seafood right now.

FierceandFashionable said...

HOLY MOLY what a busy day!! Sounds like fun :)!

xo Michelle

Fierce & Fashionable

Dawn said...

Kim, yum! You and I could probably throw down some food. Your day with mom sounded exhausting to me. I would have needed a nap..seriously. I poop out easily, especially after eating. I popped over to IFB...I loved seeing your name and Catherine. Wow two bloggers I know getting recognized...that is awesome. Congrats on 400 plus readers. You work hard at this and it's paying off. Dawn suitcase vignettes xo

Kelly Ann said...

Great post!

Sparkles and Shoes

bianca f said...

wow great that you waited 1,5 hours for voting - I think others would just go.

and congrats to your mom for her new car :D


bridechic said...

I voted a couple weeks back. I've always voted absentee because I despise waiting on line anywhere. Well, here in California now you don't have to be out of town or sick to vote absentee. We have mail in ballots you can either mail in or go to your precinct and hand in. I'm wondering whether or not all states have the option of mail in.
Your reward for standing on line so long looks delish!
oxoxoxo from San Francisco

Ashley said...

No, no...I LOVE this post!! I just can't believe they didn't have any stickers for you!!

Jacqueline said...

My voting only took half an hour, which I thought was long until I read this! But then again I got there as soon as it opened. I think they should do it on a Saturday or make it a holiday for those of us who work or have school, or both like me yesterday!


Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Boy you had one busy and productive day Kim! The food looks so yummy!

Because of the hurricane, the governor of NY signed an order letting people vote anywhere instead of just their polling site so my polling site was crazier than usual but at least they were organized and there weren't too many people on line for my district when I went. I did yell at a guy for trying to cut in front of an old lady and me but it was otherwise a smooth experience. I didn't get a sticker either boo.

Thanks for all your support Kim! We got power back but are still without heat/hot water. And despite that I still feel lucky cause I have a roof over my head!

Hope you're having a great week sweets!
Rowena @ rolala loves

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

GOOD for you for standing in line despite the wait! It's always so great to hear people vote no matter how long they have to wait!
Lucky for me, we (my husband and I) went early and were the 1st and 2nd people to vote! It was such a good feeling.

Loved hearing about your day went! =)


Katherine / Of Corgis and Cocktails said...

that restaurant looks so yummy. and buying a new car was frustrating to me but it doesn't sound so bar in your experience with your mom. and i absentee voted - so no line!

<3 katherine
of corgis and cocktails

Coco said...

Thank you for sharing details of your day,it was very nice! Where I live there aren't long queues to vote. It's not a big town, but one hour and a half is unheard of even in bigger cities. Girl you were very chic in those ballerinas.big kisses my friend :-x

Sam said...

Hi Kim, thanks for sharing your voting experience with in a different country its interesting to see your perspective and how things are done...Our elections here are usually not without the unnecessary drama, lol

Jessica said...

wow fun!!! and super nice car your mom got wohooo shes looking fly i bet hahaaa. i do not vote so i wouldnt know but thanks for sharing yours doll

The Scent of Glamour said...

Your day was amazing!
I loved your post!
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Mrs C ♥ said...

An hour & a half?! Crazy! I've only had to wait in line once, in 2008, & it was only about 20 minutes. I love voting! It's the most patriotic-feeling day of the year for me. I love the process but I'm so glad this election is over. Two years of campaigning was waaaaay too much. And I'm glad that my fb feed will finally go back to "what I ate for lunch" posts rather than the "I'm going to spew a bunch of ignorant crap about the elections" posts.

Laura Go said...

I'm glad i voted last week because i heard so many people had to wait at least an hour. INSANE!

All the food pics are making my tummy grumble, Kim. And I still have to make dinner!
♥ laura
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Emmy said...

Gosh....busy day indeed! :)
It's crazy when I saw the lineup for voting on the news. I don't think I would've had the patience...but it was for an important cause, so kudos to all the Americans who voted!

jo said...

You're right! That was a busy day. Glad your mom picked out a great car! My husband and I were glued to the tv last night. It was so exciting!

xo Jo

Well... said...

Goodness, sounds like a busy day alright! I'm sorry it took so long to vote :/
I voted (for the first time ever, eee!) yesterday, and it took about 10 minutes. Aha, but keep in mind I live in a verrrry small farming community, so by the time I strolled in and registered to vote at around 1, the place was hardly busy.
Anyway, seeing the delicious seafood pics makes me sad...I'm allergic to seafood >_< Haha, so ironic since I'm half Filipino, but ah well. I may get curious enough to test whether I'm still allergic. You never know... ;)

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Denisa said...

Oo, you was very busy. And the car looks great. Have a nice day.

L e n a said...

ooh, i wouldn't wanna vote without getting the "i voted" stickers! ;p (i am kidding)
i don't have voting rights, yet..but when i do, i'd vote for whoever's gonna abolish daylight savings in a heartbeat!

(you look pretty! ^-^)

Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

So glad you voted! And man oh man that gumbo is mouth watering!

TheUrbanUmbrella said...

Wow quite busy indeed!
Good for you for voting! We were avidly watching the polls here in Vancouver, on the edge of our seats the whole time!

xoxo Bree
The Urban Umbrella

Courtney Starr said...

Good for you for waiting and voting!

LyddieGal said...

wow - I can't believe so many people had to wait for hours to vote! I just walked in and out of my polling place, no lines at all.

Buying a car is exhausting, you must have enjoyed your food so much more after that!

Chic on the Cheap

MOSAMUSE said...

sounds like a great day! i didnt get an "i voted" sticker either... i was so sad :( but overall my voting experience was quick an easy because i went after work. Voting in itself is such an amazing experience!

Head to Toe Chic said...

Wow, that's a crazy line!! I went when the polls first opened so luckily I didn't have to wait too long before work. The ice cream pina colada sounds amazing!


Allison said...

What a busy day! I can't believe you didn't get a voting sticker! THat's no fun! But at least you got to vote! ;)
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Cilla B said...

Voters turn out for this election year was really good. Glad you got to vote despite the lines.

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Kathleen Lira said...

You really had fun. Love the foodss. <3 A very productive day. Followed you, Hope you follow back :))

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Oh lordy all that delicious food from the seafood restaurant is making my mouth water and it's freaking midnight righ now. LOL!

I must have gotten really lucky on election day. My voting place had absolutely NO line. There was no one there! No one came after me (besides my parents). But every single other person I know had to wait for at least an hour. Wtf.

Jo said...

The US presidential election is a big thing in Singapore too. No guess for getting it right whom many of my fellow Singaporeans supported. There was a almost a party on FB when the results were announced.

I'm glad to read that you had a lovely day, doll!

Cee said...

Good for you for getting out to vote, Kim! I can't believe the crazy lines you have to brave in the States just to be part of the democratic process, so kudos to you for sticking it out :) In Canada, as long as you go to your polling station early in the morning on your way to work, there's usually no line up and the process takes about five minutes. Sadly, the elections in my home country never turn out the way I want them to :(

oomph. said...

girl, i mail in my ballot every year! although prior to that, i never really had to wait long.

i hate buying new car for that same reason. but i guess i'll have to do this again sooner than i thought!


Mica said...

Sounds like such a busy day!

Can't believe you had to wait that long to vote! Voting is compulsory here - you are fined and can be prosecuted if you don't vote. But even then I've never had to wait an hour and a half! I think the longest we've waited is maybe 30 minutes.

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I am so bummed I didn't get my absentee ballot in time! But I live in NY State so you know how that goes. Yum I would love to eat with you if I'm ever in New Orleans!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Elle Sees said...

My whole process took like 5 min! I was very lucky.

Wil Harris said...

Man, that sucks you didn't get a sticker. Your JS flats are super cute though!

Here's our experience(hope it's not too long):
We woke up at 5:45 AM to vote with our Dad. It was very cold and raining but there was only 7 people ahead of us in line and were under a tent. We stayed in line for an hour because our voting place didn't open until 7. It took us 10 minutes to vote and then we were out of there!
Later that night, we went to a watch party for young professionals in Atlanta with our friends and cousins. It was so mush fun and nice to see young folks out and about.

Bethan Currie said...

I have a horrific seafood addiction (and to chicken)
Why is food so nice??

Sonshu said...

Hahah, was so much fun to see your day in pictures! :D


Deana Cijan said...

I voted after work and got there a little after 7 pm. I was kind of let down that there was no line. I love the excited of election day and kind of wanted to take it in a little longer.

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So far I have done it two times, voting is a great experience and gives every individual a satisfaction of being a citizen of their country.