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We wanted to learn what brought you to the polls, and you shared your stories.
Many voted for the future of their children. Others to honor their parents and some, to celebrate their newfound status as American citizens.
Kenya Johnson voted for her grandmother, who cleaned houses, loved westerns and looked after her grandchildren while their parents worked. But she never once voted because of something she was told.
"Her husband said her vote wouldn't ever count or be counted," Johnson said. And her grandmother, who died in 2007, the year before the first African-American was elected president, believed him.
Others savored the ability to vote for the first female presidential candidate, like Adina Klein, who brought her daughter and a photo of her mother and grandmother.
Whatever the reason, we want to hear it. Share your experience in text, photos and videos using the hashtag #MyVoteStory.
We'll update this page with more of your tales.