Voting Journal

Sofia Silvosa

September 27, 2020

The election is getting closer and closer. People around me are helping people register to vote. I saw a piece of paper taped to my dorm room door. It was a paper from my RA asking if to check off if I was registered and if not to let her know so she could print us a paper.


September 28, 2020

It’s the first presidential debate. Some friends and I gathered in the common room to see it. It was exciting; it was the first time I was going to see a presidential debate eligible to vote. It was also my first time seeing a political debate with friends. Even though understandably, these election times are stressful I was growing to appreciate the community I was forming; we’re all going through this hectic process together. 


September 30, 2020

Should I change my registration to North Carolina? Stay registered in Florida? North Carolina? Florida? Both are important swing states. 


I finally made my decision. I requested my absentee ballot, changed my mailing address--ready to vote.


October 2, 2020

I was glad to see the North Carolina Registration tent by the West Campus. So many happy faces, excited to help.


October 7, 2020

Time for the Vice Presidential debate. I saw it with one of my friends. Similar to the presidential debate it elicited so many emotions; I was stressed, worried, content in some parts and even laughed--you know the part.


October 9, 2020

My parents called. I asked them about their voting plan. They are planning to vote in person in a few weeks. Their excitement was contagious. It was their first time voting in a U.S presidential election since we became U.S citizens merely three years ago. Us rookies were in it together.


October 14, 2020

My ballot arrived! I opened it and read through the instructions. There I was filling all the bubbles, doing some research on the Miami-Dade political candidates. I signed on the back of the envelope. I was nervous I did something wrong. I didn’t get the ballot wet or dirty right? Did I correctly fill the bubbles? Did I accidentally vote for the incorrect person? Stop panicking. I was going to mail my ballot tomorrow.


October 15, 2020

After class, I walked to the Bryan center with my envelope. Two girls had a “Vote in 2020” sign. They asked me whether I was going to vote. I chuckled and showed them my envelope. This was finally the day.