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Hope is everywhere indeed.

I just finished watching the Obama rally in IN and afterwards, I perused some of the comments made today.
This one made me cry.  Happy tears, of course.  It's good to hear stories like these.  I'm very touched.

Ohio votes! HOPE IS EVERYWHERE! MUST READ!!!!!! 
By DoveSong -- (Mother of Noah, American "sweetie" and believer in HOPE) 
I happened upon some friends of my mothers - 3 small, elderly Jewish women. They were quite upset as they were being refused admitance to the polling location due to their Obama T-Shirts, hats and buttons. Apparently you cannot wear Obama/McCain gear into polling locations here in Ohio.... They were practically on the verge of tears.

After a minute or two of this a huge man wearing a big jacket left the voting line, came up to us and introduced himself as Mike. He told us he had overheard our conversation and asked if the ladies would like to borrow his jacket to put over their t-shirts so they could go in and vote. The ladies quickly agreed. As long as I live I will never forget the image of these eighty plus year old Jewish ladies walking into the polling location wearing a huge Dale Earnhardt racing jacket that came over their hands and down to their knees!

Mike, patiently waited for each woman to cast thier vote. When Mike got back in line I asked him if he was an Obama supporter. He said no, but that he couldn't stand to see those ladies so upset. I thanked him for being a gentleman in a time of bitter partisanship and wished him well.

After I voted I walked out to the street to find my mother's friends surrouding our new friend Mike - they were laughing and having a great time. I joined them and learned that Mike had changed his mind in the polling booth and ended up voting for Obama. When I asked him why he changed his mind at the last minute, he explained that while he was waiting for his jacket he got into a conversation with one of the ladies who had explained how the Jewish community, and she, had worked side by side with the black community during the civil rights movements of the 60's, and that this vote was the culmination of those personal and community efforts so many years ago. That this election for her was more than just a vote...but a chance at history.

Mike looked at me and said, "Obama's going to win and I didn't want to tell my grandchildren some day that I had an opportunity to vote for the first black president, but I missed my chance at history and voted for the other guy."



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hinoai
Oct. 24th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
Aww, that was so sweet. T-T

Though I thought that voting didn't start until November...
mizukiaya
Oct. 24th, 2008 09:18 am (UTC)
Some states have already started early voting.
They have early voting as an option so that people will have more opportunities to make time to vote instead of being limited to one day. And it helps to prevent the troubles caused by voter supression or broken voting machines...so that ppl can report if they were turn away and whatnot and still have other days left to vote. Also its convenient if say you planned to vote today but got a flat tire or some emergency came up and it prevented it you from making it to the polls on time. And I think it's helpful in that it makes waiting in lines take less time.
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