By Linda Ash - firstname.lastname@example.org
My daughter Jennifer is one happy Kent State student. She sent me a photo of her ticket to see President Barack Obama, who will be giving a speech in the university's M.A.C. Center later today.
She was in a tizzy Sunday, worried that she would not be able to get out of class in time to get to Risman Plaza to secure her ticket. While others stood in line for hours earlier Monday, Jenn snagged her ticket after waiting only an hour in line.
"This is why I went to Kent!" she exclaimed during her weekly call home on Sunday. "I mean, the only other president who visited Kent was Taft. I have got to get a ticket. This is historic!"
She was referring to President William Howard Taft, who campaigned there in 1912, according to a story she pointed out to me about Obama's visit at stowsentry.com.
So I asked Jenn, an early childhood major at my old alma mater in Ohio, if she is planning to vote this November. I reminded her that absentee voting began last Friday and that she needed to go online to sbe.virginia.gov/absenteevoting.html to download an application for a ballot.
"I am," she wrote in an email. "Because I care about this election and my rights as a woman and a citizen of the United States."
I will be in town for the election, so there's no need for me to vote absentee. I'll be taking my new voter registration card that I should be getting in the mail this week to the polls on Nov. 6. My husband Darrell got his card on Monday, but he, like Jenn, will have to vote absentee. He signed up to be a poll worker in Frederick County and will have to vote early. We'll both have a long day, and I'm hoping that it will end before midnight with the Associated Press calling the election for the next president of the United States. While we all will be waiting for election results, my husband should be chowing down on chili that's been simmering in a Crock-Pot all day, and our newsroom staff will have traditional election night fare - pizza, pop and maybe something sweet. I'm sure Jenn will be studying with one eye on the television.
Cooley - Ryan update: Recently, we sent Daily photographer Rich Cooley to take photos of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's running mate, during a campaign stop in Harrisonburg. Ryan and Cooley look so much alike that we were all interested in seeing if he had received any special attention at the event. He reported back that he ran into one member of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors who jokingly asked for a photo with the Ryan look-alike. Cooley, always a good sport, agreed to do so. Cooley says he continues to get ribbed about looking like Ryan, and said he expects he'll continue to get funny looks and people asking him about it for another four years if Romney wins.
Linda Ash is editor of the Northern Virginia Daily.