Election blog begins at 7 p.m.

Polls close at 7 tonight and we’ll begin posting local and national election information online as soon as it begins to roll in.

Editor David Stevens will be writing an election blog, which will appear as the top news story at cnjonline.com.

Also, we’ll post readers’ thoughts about Sunday alcohol sales, Clovis’ new mayor and other election issues.

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Ever wonder what inspires Clovis’ Jeff Greene?

His answer:

“My wife inspires me to be the best person I can be,” he wrote in an e-mail.
“My children, although grown, inspire me to set a good example to live by.”

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Clovis’ Blake Prather has a story idea:

“Considering the amount of bashing that Clovis is taking from the Florida Air Force personnel (online comments), you should do a story on why a lot of military retirees move back here to retire and what’s their motivation to stay once retired,” he wrote in an e-mail.

“The younger members of the military seem to be disgruntled with Clovis and it would nice to see a positive story that gives interviews from retirees (about) why they have moved back or stayed in Clovis.”

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Remember the first time you voted?

Gerald Majewski does.

“Now you are aging me some, as the first couple of times I voted it was by absentee ballot,” he wrote in an e-mail. “I believe they didn’t count them then because the mail service was slower than molasses. … I couldn’t get back to the states to vote … as I was stationed overseas.”

Here’s what Raymond Atchley remembers about his first time to vote:

“The first election I voted in was for Ronald Reagan in his run against Jimmy Carter,” he wrote in an e-mail. “In hindsight I was wrong in my reason why — I blamed the rescue in Iran debacle on Mr. Carter alone.

“I would still vote for Reagan, but today I have a greater respect for Carter the man.”

Here’s what Frank Dalton remembers about his first time to vote:

“I don’t remember what was on the ballot, but I think it was more local issues,” he wrote in an e-mail. “I was awed that my name was listed on the voters roll.

“I know it didn’t take long to make my selections, and pull the lever to record my voice. Then I listened to the radio til late in the evening to see if the different issues went my way.”

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