Living in Missouri, we had a chance to vote in a primary yesterday, February 7th, 2012. I did my civic duty and voted, in my new voting precinct. It was at a quaint, older church building near the western city limits of Rolla, MO. The election workers were all friendly, welcoming me in, one gentleman held the front door open for me as I entered. I could tell from their eagerness to assist me that they must not have had many voters so far that morning. I proudly handed over my voter registration card that had come in the mail in the early days of December, which is when I finally got my act in gear and got registered. The card checked out fine, and I signed my name to the voter records book, initialing my current address. After telling the lady handling the paper ballots which one I wanted, she began to explain how to fill it in so it would be properly read and I stopped her by asking if there were any touch screen machines to vote on? I explained that in St. Louis County, we had touch screen machines and that is what I was used to voting on. The election workers proudly smiled and told me to look in a far off corner, there stood the one touch screen voting machine that they had for their voting site! I smiled and said that, yes, that was what I wanted to vote with, so I was escorted to the machine and I voted. Afterwards, I was given a “I Voted!” sticker, which I proudly wore to the grocery store, and two of the ladies asked me how did I like Rolla, compared to St. Louis. I did say that I like Rolla, that it is quieter, and the election workers all laughed at that. I did say it’s taken my kids a while to adjust to a smaller community. Every now and then I will hear one of them sigh, lamenting that a mall, or zoo, or museum, or their old friends are now 2 hours away. Getting acclimated to a new community can be stressful and fun all at the same time. Voting in a new community is yet another way of getting to know the area and to feel like one belongs.