Super Tuesday: This Newbie Votes!

Primary 2016

In the United States today we have something called, “Super Tuesday”.  Now I must tell you that I find the election process here extremely complicated, exciting, and important all at the same time.

I will be voting in my first federal election today as a US Citizen!  Today the states of Illinois (my state), Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio vote in what is known as the, “Primary” election.  The reason for “Super Tuesday” is that more than one state is voting today.  Other Primary elections will be held with only one state voting at a time.

For those of you who are in the US and have experience with voting in US elections, my haphazard way of understanding even a bit of the process will no doubt make you grin; however, for those of us ‘newbies’ or living outside the US, it is a rather daunting and intimidating process.

The Primary election, as I understand it, is to vote for the person you would like to represent either the Republican or the Democratic Party in the November election for the US Presidency.  This is the most simplistic way I can explain it, as from here things get very complicated!  I won’t even attempt to go into the political process, only that I am looking forward to voting for the person I think will represent the party I have I chosen to vote for (yes, first you pick the party you most align with, and then once you have decided between either Republican or Democrat, now you think about the person who should lead that party onto the political stage for voting in the Presidential Election in November)!

Are you wishing I hadn’t even started on my feeble attempt to explain even a bit of this?  I understand (or rather, I don’t but you know what I mean; or do you?) *sigh* Let’s switch gears.  Here’s a lovely picture of a cat:

cat

The political system with its delegates, Electoral College, Popular Vote, et al. does lend itself to confusion extraordinaire.  Remember earlier I mentioned the system is very complex?  I had someone try to explain what happens from ‘here’ after all states have voted in the Primary Election but I am afraid my reaction was similar to this:

deer in headlights

Despite the complex nature of the political process, I understand who I am going to vote for and why.  I have watched every single debate on tv (for both parties), so I at least feel armed to vote responsibly.  I do feel it is vital for every citizen to vote; it is important to be included in the way government is shaped and formed.

Please wish me luck at the voting booth today!

  19 comments for “Super Tuesday: This Newbie Votes!

  1. March 15, 2016 at 10:10 am

    I think it is already challenging enough to decide whom to vote for….. the election system with the electors seems overdue to be renewed to me. But who am I to say this…
    Btw. thanks a lot for the cat!!! 😊

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  2. Mr. Militant Negro
    March 15, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

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  3. March 15, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Congrats On Voting for the 1st Time – Happy Voting! I have worked in government for the past 5+ years and it can be a little overwhelming as well as confusing . . . choices and decisions. I actually elected to vote by mail due to the current state of my work right now is helping to wrap up a State Legislative Session. Happy Day – Enjoy the Process as well as the Your Day 🙂

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    • March 15, 2016 at 10:27 am

      Well bless you my dear! Thank you so much for your kind words! Oh I completely understand and I love the fact that you did take the time and effort to vote by mail! That’s wonderful to hear! I am extremely happy to be voting and yes, despite its complex process, I know how important it is to participate!! Thank you!!! Cher xo

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  4. Cesar Lardies
    March 15, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Congratulations, and may the best candidate win. 🙂 http://politicsunraveled.com/2016/03/15/to-the-polls/

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    • March 15, 2016 at 11:04 am

      Why thank you so much!!! Thank you for the link as well! I hope everyone will check it out as you explain exactly what I cannot!! Also, a huge welcome to The Chicago Files!! Cher xo

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      • Cesar Lardies
        March 15, 2016 at 11:20 am

        Thank you for your compliment! I will continue to read your blog posts as I plan to visit Chicago soon! 😀

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      • March 15, 2016 at 11:21 am

        That’s wonderful! Thank you! Well the blog has a lot of old posts about this terrific city of ours! If you have any Chicago questions, please just ask! Cher xo

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      • Cesar Lardies
        March 15, 2016 at 11:24 am

        I most definitely will!

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      • March 15, 2016 at 12:24 pm

        Great to hear!

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  5. March 15, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Congrats!!!! Now you’re an old hand at it. 🙂

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    • March 15, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      Ah, thanks so much, my fellow Chicagoan!! Cher xo

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  6. March 15, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Congratulations on your first US voting experience!

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    • March 15, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      Why thank you so much, Joanne!! Cher xo

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  7. March 15, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Reblogged this on IdealisticRebel's Daily View of Favorites and commented:
    Excellent post. Great writing. Congratulations! Hugs, Barbara

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  8. March 18, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Good luck!! 🙂

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