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17. Election Day
Ken received many reminders in the mail in
weeks leading up to the first Tuesday in
, Election Day. From before the time he became
United States citizen, he looked forward to being
to choose who would represent him in the
levels of government. Shortly after taking the citizenship
, Ken filled out a short paper form, registering
to vote and choosing a political party affiliation.
appreciated that choosing a specific political party didn't
whom he could vote for, though. He was
to vote for someone of the party he
under. He could even vote for someone of
different party. Since his vote was secret, no
would know anyway.
Now that he was a
citizen, Ken spent many hours looking over the
voter guides that appeared in his mailbox. On
national level, Ken could vote for president, members
the Congress. On the state level, Ken could
for state congress people and governor of the
. Locally, Ken could cast a vote for mayor,
council persons, and local school board members.
a little overwhelmed by the choices. Besides getting
about the various candidates, he saw many commercials
each candidate's position on various issues. There were
televised debate, which helped show what the candidates
in common and how they differ.
on the day he went to vote. He
to his local polling place. A poll worker
for Ken's name and address to verify he
registered. Ken confirmed his registration by signing next
his name. Then he was given a ballot
led to a booth where he had to
some tough choices.