AuthorsDen.com  Join Free! | Login 

 
   Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!

Signed Bookstore | Authors | eBooks | Books | Stories | Articles | Poetry | Blogs | News | Events | Reviews | Videos | Success | Gold Members | Testimonials

Featured Authors: Richard Harris, iGerald Grantham, ial squitieri,sr, iKevin Weeks, iWilliam Guy, iKaren Epp, iMichael Charles Messineo, i
  Home > Political Science > Stories
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

J. Joy Matthews Alford - Sistah Joy

  + Follow Me   

· 53 titles
· 85 Reviews
· Share with Friends!
· Save to My Library
·
Member Since: Apr, 2007

   Sitemap
   My Blog
   Contact Author
   Message Board
   Read Reviews

Books
· This Garden Called Life

· From Pain To Empowerment - The Fabric of My Being

· Lord I'm Dancin' As Fast As I Can


Short Stories
· Give Them A Hand! - Celebrating Success

· Sistah Joy receives CAM Award for Best Host in Entertainment Category

· We Made It! (Celebrating National Poetry Month)


Articles
· My Extraordinary Early Voting Experience

· Give Them A Hand! - Celebrating Success

· Sistah Joy receives CAM Award for Best Host in Entertainment Category

· Celebrating National Poetry Month! - April 2011

· Honoring A King - Event Review

· AmericaSpeaks Profiles Poet Sistah Joy

· 2010 Expressions Talk Up, Not Down Teen Poetry Camp & Hip Hop Poetry Choir

· Poetry Between The Lines - Celebrating Teen Poets

· Big Fun at 2nd Annual Community Reading Party

· Envision Prince George's 21st Century Town Meeting


Poetry
· Souls Seeking Light

· Spring?

· Coming Into Focus

· It's There

· I Remember

· After

· No Revolving Doors

· The Gift of Time

· I Proudly Wave The Flag

· A Thanksgiving Prayer Poem

         More poetry...
News
· Sistah Joy receives CAM Award for Best Host in Entertainment Category

· Sojourn With Words - National Poetry Month Special Feature

J. Joy Matthews Alford - Sistah Joy, click here to update your web pages on AuthorsDen.



Books by J. Joy Matthews Alford - Sistah Joy
My Extraordinary Early Voting Experience
By J. Joy Matthews Alford - Sistah Joy
Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Last edited: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
This short story is rated "G" by the Author.
Share    Print   Save   Become a Fan
Recent stories by J. Joy Matthews Alford - Sistah Joy
· Give Them A Hand! - Celebrating Success
· Sistah Joy receives CAM Award for Best Host in Entertainment Category
· We Made It! (Celebrating National Poetry Month)
           >> View all 4
Sharing my experience on 10/28/2012, as an Early Voter in Maryland.


My Extraordinary Early Voting Experience
© 10/28/2012, by J. Joy “Sistah Joy” Matthews Alford
Standing in line from 2:30 until 7:30 PM for early voting at Oxon Hill Library on yesterday, Sunday, 10/28, was awesome. Yes, I said and meant awesome! As an empowered member of an intimate "circle of 5" for 5 hours, my prolonged voting experience is one that I will undoubtedly remember for the rest of my life. Clearly we were in a sea of thousands waiting to cast our ballots, but our circle of 5 became family. We even exchanged information and promised to stay in touch. Based on the social consciousness and commitment to change expressed within our group during our (relatively) brief time together, I look forward to future family connections. …………………………………..

Thank you to each of my fellow voters: Bessie, Shirley, Carl and Ellen, for your generosity and kind spirits. We shared family stories and hopes for our futures; and shared hopes for our nation and hopes for our nation’s future, all while waiting to vote. We reconnected with friends not seen in years as we shared umbrellas during the intermittent showers, "bio-coffee" and Ellen’s collapsible chair that “magically” controlled the speed of the line. Needless to say, we tried to encourage her to remain seated! Seriously though, what an absolute thrill and honor to be part of the throng of voters that formed a line (double and triple deep at times!) that wrapped around and lined-up inside and throughout the library to cast our vote. Single file lines weren’t required until we got inside.
I will forever remember our fellowship during this historic and personally empowering moment when Providence brought us together. The occasion brought back to mind my hours-long trek, along with millions of others from around the nation and world who braved the cold to witness the 2009 Inauguration. It felt absolutely fitting on this occasion some 4 years later, and about 4 hours into our wait at the polls when a sister just a few feet in front of our group began rendering several uplifting and inspirational songs, my favorite of which was, “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands.” It just felt right to hear that sentiment as we were finally within eye-sight (at last!) of the library door, so close to the moment we would cast our ballot.
Thank you to all who stood in line for hours, (…and hours!) to vote despite the wind and rain and impending hurricane/storm. I pray God spreads His arms of mercy and protection over our nation during this precarious time – keeping us safe through both storms. I pray God also brings words to my spirit that will permit me to do justice through poetry to this extraordinary voting experience.
I am reminded just now of how, once we were inside the library but still not close enough to see where the voting was taking place, we kept hearing periodic outbursts of cheers. How wonderful it was when we discovered the cheers were lifted each time a first-time voter shared that this was their first time voting.
Yes, together we can make a difference. Now we just have to remember that voting is just the FIRST step. The next step is to hold all elected officials accountable for what they promise during their campaigns so we don't end up with another "Kick-the-Can/Do Nothing Congress. Too many elected officials show up on our TV screens, in our communities and at our churches during campaign time, but are absent throughout their term in office. “We, the people” (that's us) need our elected officials to be present and accountable throughout their term, not just show up at re-election time. The real deal is that if we, the people, only show up to the political process during election time, we can't complain when elected officials do the same. I implore everyone, …c’mon people, let’s get engaged and stay engaged, ...or don't complain.
Thank you again to each of my friends, neighbors and fellow Marylanders who braved a bit of inclement weather and a few unanticipated hours of standing in a line to exercise the right, responsibility and privilege to vote. This was the best 5 hours I could ever have invested in my future and my children’s future. As I said earlier, it was just awesome!

 


Want to review or comment on this short story?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Membership?
Click here to Join!


Popular Political Science Stories
1. Dodge Coronet
2. Politic-king
3. Arab Spring - Success or Failure?
4. Two People Talking - Not a Bad Idea
5. Reality Faced
6. Israeli “Students accuse US of 'ulterior m
7. La question d’Israël et des Arabes dits Pa
8. After all Bush was right
9. La vérité nue que tous les ętres devraient


Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.