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November 3, 2008 - Phyllis Sigal
I early voted.

(By the way, when did that become a verb? I feel it is more grammatically correct to say, "I voted early.")

And according to news reports on "The Today Show," about 30 percent of registered voters have voted early (or early voted) so far. Some have even stood in line for hours to cast their votes.

But, anyway, I like the feeling that I've already done my bit. I can rest assured that no illness, no act of God, no emergency of any kind, will stand in my way to cast my vote for the next president of the United States.

I'm excited FINALLY to see the results, the culmination of months and months and months and months and months of campaigning, political advertisements, debates, discussions among friends and family and co-workers, and "Saturday Night Live" skits (well, we liked THAT part ...).

And I have to say, though, that I really, really miss NBC newsman Tim Russert's take on it all. I was watching another broadcaster talk about red states, blue states this morning, and wondered with Tim's thinking about it all, watching from his vantage point.

I don't think of myself as a particularly political person, although I've had more political conversations in the past few months than I've ever had in my life. My favorite conversation was one with my 22-year-old daughter the other night. She's still "undecided." She asked me why and how I had decided to vote for who I had decided to vote for.

So I tried to explain my opinion, as she asked intelligent questions. I think she's still undecided, but I was happy to see her thinking so deeply about it.

I'm ready to get on with it. I'm ready to see what the future will bring. I know I'll be holding my breath waiting for the final numbers.


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