Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):
1) The 2016 Presidential election is this coming Tuesday. When did you vote in your first Presidential election and, if you choose, who did you vote for? What about your parents? When did they first vote?
2) Share your responses in comments to this blog post, or in your own blog post, or on Facebook or Google+. Please leave a link in Comments if you write your own blogp ost.
a) I was born in October 1943, so I was excited to cast my first vote in November 1964 for Barry Goldwater. I was excited about the new conservative movement, and really didn't like Lyndon Johnson. I registered as a Republican in 1964, and registered as a Democrat in 1972 after Watergate.
b) My parents were staunch Republicans from the time of their marriage. My mother was age 21 in 1940 and a college student, but I think she voted for Franklin Roosevelt. I'm pretty sure she voted for every Republican candidate after that. My father was age 21 in 1932, but I doubt that he voted until 1948 after his marriage and World War II. I doubt that he voted in 1944 as he was in the U.S. Navy. I'm pretty sure he voted Republican from 1948 through 1980, and he died in 1983.
c) The California Voter Registrations are online on Ancestry.com - I need to review them to see how my grandparents and great-grandparents registered.