WOMEN
11/09/2012 06:35 pm ET Updated Nov 16, 2012

What Was Your First Time (Voting) Like?

Remember when Lena Dunham appeared in a 2012 Obama campaign video encouraging young women who had recently reached voting age to make their "first time" at the ballot box count by voting for the president? Remember when conservatives read this as Dunham encouraging pre-marital sex?

It was a very confusing time.

Whether or not the critiques of Dunham's video were valid, for us its primary effect was to evoke memories of first trips to the polls. We guessed that our readers might be feeling a little nostalgic also as they went to cast their ballots, so we asked them about it on Facebook on Election Day.

According to those who responded, it was everything a "first time" should be -- nervous, exciting, and hopeful. Many of you said you had waited a long time to turn 18 and finally have the opportunity to vote. You said that casting your first ballot filled you with intense pride -- a pride many of you also expressed yesterday as you reelected Barack Obama for a second term in office.

Read below for more of what our community had to say.

Tell us about your first time voting in the comments below. Or, share with us on Facebook and @HuffPostWomen on Twitter.

WATCH: Lena Dunham's First Time

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