Column: Voting ritual part of fabric of America



The electoral karma seemed, well, unfair.

Since my first opportunity a few decades ago, I’ve done my best to vote every time. Whether at the local firehouse or schoolhouse, whether our kids were little and wandering around the polling place, whether the weather was rainy or clear, I filled in those circles on the ballots.

It just feels so American, so free. Nobody should miss such an experience.

In 2008, the urge to vote was stronger than ever for millions of Americans. Along with older folks, even young people — the 18- to 24-year-olds — were engaged in the process, listening to speeches, registering voters and actively participating. The atmosphere was intense yet inspiring. The presidential portion of the campaign took me to Indianapolis to chronicle an appearance by Republican nominee John McCain, to Terre Haute visits by Democratic candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at high schools, the Saratoga, and the 4-H Building at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds.

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