Election Day is Here (With a Giveaway)

by Jeanne on November 6, 2012

To my readers in the United States, today is Election Day!

Please vote!

I don’t care who or what you vote for, just do it!

I am giving away a personalized signed copy of my book, Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays.   I just found out that I can’t ask people to tell me that they voted and tie a giveaway to it.  So, don’t tell me if you voted. Just tell me things you’ve seen on this day of voting.  Also, please include your name and make sure that you entered your email correctly on the comment form.  Do this by midnight, tonight, Pacific Time.  I will choose a winner via the random number generator.

The winner is Erin L.! I’ve sent her an email. Thanks for your stories everyone–I really enjoyed reading them!

PS: This is only for folks in the United States.  I will try to have a giveaway for my international readers soon!

 

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Tehara November 6, 2012 at 9:42 pm

I was a volunteer poll observer, I had the privilege of being at the polls first thing in the morning and seeing a man come 10 minutes early, wait to vote. I asked him if he was excited to vote, he told me it was his first time to vote, he was probably 35 years old. Gave him the high five for getting out and voting.He got to be first in line and get to see that the ballot box was empty, then sealed after he placed the first vote in it. Pretty cool to be a part of his journey.

Jeanne November 7, 2012 at 6:46 am

Tehara: I love that!

Tina November 6, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Today I saw my daughter excited by being able to put my ballot in the box for me :-) This, after she asked my husband and I if voting was just a test (I think she was referring to the bubble filling in).

Laurel November 6, 2012 at 9:16 pm

What I’ve seen today to my great relief is that people have seen beyond the rhetoric and the hate and reclaimed this country’s sanity despite everything. laurel van blarcum at sbc global dot net

Kika November 6, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I voted by mail, however, I was e-mailed a picture of Romney praying behind scenes & I saw a hero in him.

Megan R November 6, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I voted! :) I was very upset the lady did not give me a sticker! :P Thanks for the opportunity!

Kelly cooper November 6, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Well I was out and about and saw lots of voting stickers too oh and a nice long line of people. =)

Jen November 6, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I love voting by mail. I saw a Drop Off Box sign on the curb outside the library in Edmonds tonite, & a few folks nearby.

Stacy L November 6, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I was expecting a much longer line when I voted. I was in and out in five minutes.

Denise November 6, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I saw children coloring electoral vote maps, red and blue. :)

Sheryll Ziemer November 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm

My husband and I vote by mail here in Washington State. I researched the issues and candidates. I also baked a lot this week.
Would love a new GF cookbook! Thank you.

Cindy November 6, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I voted and had my preschoolers do a mock election. Cookie Monster won and a three year old had a write in candidate – Tinkerbelle. (:

Sue November 6, 2012 at 6:10 pm

I voted. On the line I saw the greeter from my Meijers supermarket and my podiatrist. The voter helper lady was wearing red and green like it was an office Christmas party-maybe she was confused. I noticed there were no restrooms in sight. I kind of wished I didn’t drink two. Cups of coffee before standing in that long line. Sigh.

Jeanne November 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Ahahaha!

Ally November 6, 2012 at 6:08 pm

I saw lots of people handing out “I voted!” stickers and buttons and many more people encouraging people to go vote!

Jenn November 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Today was my normal day – except I threw in 15 minutes to go vote (I’ve researched everything beforehand, and take my “cheat” sheet in the booth with me)…

However, a normal day for me includes dropping off & picking up children off at 3 different schools (elementary, middle, high school), helping with my daughter and son-in-law, making dinner, and working on my research project for my senior thesis…

and I haven’t even gotten to tonight yet…

Janet November 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm

My husband is working at the precinct. I voted in early voting a week ago Monday and proud of it.

Susan November 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm

voted via mail…and absolutely love your recipes.

Stephanie November 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm

My husband took a hilarious picture of my pregnant belly w/ an “I Voted” sticker on it! So cute :)

Rachel Anderson November 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I like to vote by mail since I work about 60 miles from my polling place. Have a great election day.

Lisa November 6, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I voted early a few Saturdays ago. I am always surprised at all the names on the ballot that I have never heard of. I always vow to do my homework better next time and find out who all these people are running for office but then I never do. Shame on me.

Carol November 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Our polling site was moving along smoothly with no waiting.

Jennifer C November 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I was proud to see my 7 year old with two “I Voted” stickers on her shirt from going to vote with mom and dad.

SherriS. November 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I saw a long line of people and we had to wait outside in the cold Virginia morning (6:30 a.m. and 35-40 degrees, ugh). I saw an interesting paper ballot where I had to connect the arrows next to the names I wanted to vote for…then scan it for my vote to count.

Yay America!

Linda S. November 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm

We saw lots of others dropping off their votes at the Post Office.

Linda S. November 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

We saw other people at the post office, dropping off their votes.

Annette November 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I saw lots of people wearing ‘I voted’ stickers today :-)

Susan Spann November 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I voted!!

Rinnie November 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm

My 30 year old husband vote for the first time because he finally realized the importance of being part of the process!

Roanne November 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I waited in a long, cold line down the block at 7 am!

Carla Sade November 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm

It was a great day to vote. The lines were short and I got a sticker! ;-)

leanne November 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Voting by mail is convenient, but you don’t get a sticker after! Oddly enough, there’s a polling place across the street from my office window, so I’ve been watching people come and go all morning.

sandramosolgo November 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm

a much longer line than usual but it is a beautiful day-voting is a privilege

Aryn November 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I saw lots of people walking to their polling places on this lovely, warm day.

Raida November 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Just found your site last night and went out and bought the different flours to try your recipes, they look great! I voted!

Gayle Erwin November 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I left the house before the polls opened this morning. I still have a bit to go, but I will be there waiting in line right after I get out of here. Not looking forwad to the line, but it’s worth the wait.

Erin Lembke November 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I seen encouaging words to remember ever candidate is someone’s mother, father, child, sister or brother, and fellow human being. So be respectful for we all have something in common. (Hope I win your wonderful looking book!)

Denise M November 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm

i have seen really long lines today!

Sarah Nielsen | Celiac in the City November 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Great giveaway! Today on the campus where I work, there were kids (probably 10 years old) from a local school, on campus area, that were out there SHOUTING for people to go vote. Not for a certain candidate, but they all had VOTE signs. It was great. Love the buzz here in Wisconsin!

Terry Oliver November 6, 2012 at 11:45 am

Count me in! I was #279 in my small town of Blakeslee, PA at 9:30 AM.

Now I think I will celebrate that the election is almost over by playing with your fabulous pie crust- practicing for Thanksgiving!

Thanks for your great blog! Terry

Jay November 6, 2012 at 11:24 am

Very lucky our state has voting by mail. It should be that way across the country. Making people stand in lines for hours is crazy – deterring people from voting shouldn’t be allowed.

Adina | Gluten Free Travelette November 6, 2012 at 11:20 am

This is my first presidential election living outside of California and it’s been interesting to see more moving and shaking here in Washington about the election.

jacob November 6, 2012 at 11:07 am

It’s an uncommonly sunny and clear day out here in Pittsburgh! We’re not that used to beautiful weather, but I’m sure it will help the turnout if the sun doesn’t blind all of us light-sensitive types .

Heidi November 6, 2012 at 11:06 am

There wasn’t a long line at my voting center but it was indeed a busy place. They didn’t have stickers. That was a bummer!

Kristen November 6, 2012 at 10:51 am

Ok, I won’t tell you if I voted, but I will say that this vote-by-mail stuff is boring! It’s a gorgeous day here in Eastern WA :-)

Carissa November 6, 2012 at 10:50 am

An actual line at a local polling place, where there usually isn’t any at all.

Mary Anne Hoben November 6, 2012 at 10:49 am

Me too! Love vote by mail!

maryanne at curvilicious dot com

Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads November 6, 2012 at 10:44 am

It’s been an interesting election day so far. I’m glad that I was able to vote early this past weekend. Now, I’m just encouraging people to get out and vote.

Beth November 6, 2012 at 10:43 am

There was a bake sale to benefit the school where the voting takes place. There was quite a line to vote in my precinct. So good to see people out exercising their constitutional right.

bethvanduzer (at) yahoo (dot) come

Sharon November 6, 2012 at 10:35 am

I voted! I was glad to see the turnout was much bigger than usual.

Joey November 6, 2012 at 10:31 am

I prooudly voted!

Joey November 6, 2012 at 10:30 am

I proudly voted!

Lee Amundson November 6, 2012 at 10:28 am

I voted this morning! #798 :)

April Chase November 6, 2012 at 10:27 am

Voted by mail-in!

Maelee November 6, 2012 at 10:25 am

I voted way early during the first week of early voting!!! Yes! Yes! Yes! Everybody should use their voice & exercise the right to vote. Honor our veterans and current military for their dedication and time spent away from their families. It will be tight this year. Hope all is peaceful and clear!

Amber Henry November 6, 2012 at 10:12 am

I voted absentee!

Amanda November 6, 2012 at 10:12 am

We voted this morning with the girls. The littlest one was deeply disappointed there was no sail”boat” there.

admin November 6, 2012 at 10:16 am

Aw, that is so cute!

penny November 6, 2012 at 10:10 am

I voted! 1.5 hours standing in the cold, but it was worth it.

admin November 6, 2012 at 10:16 am

Thank you for your tenacity!!

Holly November 6, 2012 at 10:08 am

I voted

Shannon November 6, 2012 at 10:03 am

I Voted

Tracey November 6, 2012 at 10:02 am

I voted!

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