Young Voters: No Damn Excuses this Year


If Amanda Jones can cast a ballot, so can you:

Amanda Jones, 109, the daughter of a man born into slavery, has lived a life long enough to touch three centuries. And after voting consistently as a Democrat for 70 years, she has voted early for the country’s first black presidential nominee.

Amanda Jones, a delicate, thin woman wearing golden-rimmed glasses, giggled as the family discussed this year’s presidential election. She is too weak to go the polls, so two of her 10 children — Eloise Baker, 75, and Joyce Jones — helped her fill out a mail-in ballot for Barack Obama, Baker said. "I feel good about voting for him," Amanda Jones said.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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  • are you making me feel nostalgic for a return to ethics and integrity in government with the photo of mansfield? is that sen everett dirkson sitting next to him?

    ok let’s all vote early so we can get some integrity back in the white house as soon as possible. can we give Mr Bush 48 hrs notice?

    do i ask too many questions???

  • Matt, fair point. Given that my age group is the only demographic supporting McCain, though, maybe it would be better if we stayed home.

    Problembear, absolutely Mansfield is meant to remind us about the potential for ethics and integrity in politics.

    Assuming things go well Tuesday, it’s going to be a long few months with Mr. Cheney still running the country. Of course, if they don’t, it will be even longer.

    APR–now go make sure that all your friends vote, too. 🙂

  • I know. I’m just quite surprised that people my age are leaning the way they are.

    I’m headed out to try to find some of these ‘undecided voters’ tomorrow to get them to do the right thing. I’m kind of excited to meet one. 🙂

  • Good. Although your politics differ from mine— knowing your intelligence, immense political knowledge, and integrity firsthand—I was glad to see you run against Schweitzer.

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