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Submitting The Ballot as a First Time Voter

Evergreen Staffer Alyssa Miller Takes on the Poll for the First Time

October 27, 2020

After my 18th birthday, I was eager to go and vote and was lucky enough to be eligible before the 2020 election.

The first step in the process was registering to vote. This was a very easy process and took about 15 minutes in total to complete. I printed out the voter registration form that I found on the vote Texas website. I then filled it out before going to a registration drive-through just minutes from my house. There, I gave my form to one of the volunteers and waited to get my official voting registration card in the mail. The volunteers at the drive-through also gave me a sheet marked with official places to vote, which came in handy when the time to vote came.

When it was time for me to vote, I looked on the sheet they gave me and saw that Brookhaven Community College was a confirmed voting location, and since it is close to my house, it seemed to be the most convenient location.

I was a little apprehensive going into the voting center because it was my first time and I didn’t know what to expect, but when I arrived I was pleasantly surprised by how welcoming and helpful the volunteers were.

I explained to the man who checked me in that I had just turned 18 and my license was expired because I hadn’t gotten the chance to renew it yet. He assured me that an expired license was perfectly acceptable as long as I also had my voter registration card.

After getting checked in I headed over to the socially distanced voter booths and was given a stylist to use on the screens to prevent any contact with the surface due to COVID-19 regulations. The process was faster than I expected and I completed it in ten minutes total.

I was one of the many Americans who decided to vote early in record-breaking numbers. This has been a time of first for us all, (living through our first pandemic, having our first school year online, etc.) but I am happy that it was also the first time for me to vote.

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    KarenNov 12, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Sounds like quick and easy first vote experience. Proud of you for going through the motions to establish your democratic right. Unfortunately, so many in other parts of the world do not have that right.

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    angelaOct 28, 2020 at 10:23 am