I voted for the first time on Tuesday afternoon. I went at about 5 p.m. to my precinct at the fire station on 38th Avenue in Myrtle Beach. This should have been a rush time for the precinct and its workers, so I expected to wait for at least twenty minutes. However, my mother and I voted within two minutes of walking into the fire station.
I was truly excited to vote for the first time, to help choose the people who will make the decisions that will determine the path of our communities, our state and our nation for the future.
I think it goes without mentioning that these are trying times in our country in terms of our economy, our involvement in the Middle East and of our policies when it comes to education and the environment. I was truly shocked when I boldly stated "Democrat" in answer to the poll worker's query about which primary I wanted to vote for, to see the small amount of people signed up on the sheet. The red sheet, for Republicans, had only 27 names on it, and the blue sheet, for Democrats, had only 25 names after my signature graced the page.
I assumed that this was only for the afternoon session, yet for a precinct where hundreds, if not thousands, of eligible voters live, I was utterly stunned at the turnout. Being a person who will study history in college, I am keenly aware of the impact of primary elections on the future of our state and country. Someone that I know who voted at the same time I did told me something that I truly agree with. She stated that voting was "our duty." Well, I guess most people don't agree with those few of us who voted in this primary election. I studied the views and ideas of our candidates and was thrilled to vote for the first time.
I just wish that others were as excited to exercise their constitutional rights as Americans and vote, too.
The writer, who just graduated from Myrtle Beach High School, lives in Myrtle Beach.