The idea of voting before school occurred to me around 6am. Conditions were ideal - I was driving myself, not carpooling, and I had about a 15 minute window of opportunity to wait in line. I admit that showing off a "I Voted" sticker all day at school was a great incentive! When I arrived at the polling place, the sky was brightening (thanks to daylight savings), the parking lot was filling up, and there was a nice community feeling in line since my brother-in-law and 2 next door neighbors kept me company for the ten minutes that I waited. I was disappointed to find NO sticker, so the pic above shows my homemade version.
At school, many students saw my sticker and asked, "Who'd you vote for?" I didn't plan on this - DUH me - so the best idea I could muster in a few seconds was to deliver a mini-lecture about respect and civility and tolerance to the student and then answer directly. It's consistent with my philosophy of teaching middle school students - provide authentic learning experiences and offer examples, including my own.
Several colleagues have told me in the past and today that they keep their voting decisions private, and I fully respect their choice. One Social Studies teacher told me today that to express his own political views outright to students would invite parents to complain that his teachings were politically biased. I most certainly do not want that problem.
After school, I picked up a free tall brew (decaf) from the Starbucks drive-thru, on my drive home.