Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voting in the 2012 Election
Today I stayed home from work because I've got a flu/sinus infection and so to gear up to go vote took a little coordinating of rest, food and medicine. I think I timed it pretty well. I got there just after 11 am, thinking there would hardly be any line, but was I ever wrong. The line snaked and turned and seemed to be endless. I asked a poll worker about it. Why did they change the way they use to do it? Before, we were all divided into separate little groups into separate little church classrooms and voting never took more than 10 minutes. Another year we were divided into 4 groups alphabetically and then another year into 2 groups alphabetically, so I guess, in hindsight, I should have seen this coming, however, to do it this way for a presidential election was just pure craziness.
Being sick, running a low grade fever, and suffering hot flashes, coupled with standing in a long line and sweating to death made me feel like passing out and I almost turned to leave, but then the lady in front of me started talking to me. She said her husband said it was only about a half hour wait this morning and it was about the same length of a line. So, I'm thinking, 'half an hour, I think I can do that.' Then, she said, 'you know, its amazing people will stand here and complain about this line, yet people wait in much longer lines at amusement parks just to ride one ride.' She had a point there, so I decided to stay and if I needed to sit, I would ask the people behind me to save my spot.
The people behind me were very offensive in the things they were saying about the candidates, past elections, people in general, and I tried not to listen. For the life of me, I could not tell if they were democrat or republican, because they bashed both equally. The couple in front of me then started talking to me more and more and then I found out they weren't a couple; they had just met in line. I thought that was so great. The man, it turns out, was a bodyguard for Presidents Ronald Reagan, and George Bush. Very interesting and exciting. I never met a bodyguard before, especially not one for two U.S. Presidents.
He bought me a cup of coffee, which I thought was really nice. People just don't interact like they use to, so it was wonderful to meet such nice people. It was a delicious Boston Stoker Cinnamon Twist. The church where we voted had a cafe which I'm thinking is an excellent idea for all voting places.
Well, that was the adventure for today. I think its wonderful to meet new people and strike up conversations. It made the line seem not as long. The whole process took half an hour, which, I'm understanding is not very long this year.
Get out and vote :-)
If you don't know where to vote, search online for your county's board of elections website. Take your driver's license or other picture/state issued photo id and if you've moved and not been able to change your address, take your license and a utility bill with your name and address on it. You will have to fill out a provisional ballot, but at least you'll have the opportunity to vote (but, please, don't take my word on it; check with your board of elections). Those in New York and New Jersey have some options because of the hurricane. This is the latest article I found on it:
Praying for whomever is best suited for the job(s) to triumph.