‘My first time’

2009-04-22 00:00

I woke up at 6 am yesterday to vote, but ended up going nine hours later.

Now, before you blame my itsy-bitsy delay on my youth and immaturity, bear in mind that I am a journalist — and this is Election Day we’re talking about.

After hearing a toot-toot from outside, I ran out the door to greet photographer Ian Carbutt and set off to voting stations in the most remote parts of the midlands.

At each station, I wanted to kick myself for not having brought my “green-barcoded ID” book so that I too could take advantage of the two-person queues.

When we did get back to the office, I decided to vote quickly at the station around the corner from the office.

On my arrival, it seemed as though my quick excursion out of the office would take as much time as an afternoon stroll, judging from the queue.

I was undecided about who I’d be voting for, and the queue started moving a lot faster than I thought it would.

When I found myself with a ballot paper in my hand, I felt like playing inky-pinky-ponky and marking the first party the pen landed on.

The feeling didn’t last long ... I voted. And when I did, I felt like all the other young people I had interviewed in the course of the day: helluva good!

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