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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Voting Booth...

I am happy to say that my voting experience this election was mostly positive. I know that some other people had a tougher time, but I only had to wait about 30 minutes to get a ballot. There wasn't much confusion, and people were behaving themselves. There was one woman who was shouting about how she "HATES this crap" (I wasn't sure if she meant voting in general or the new electronic ballots), and another woman who very loudly proclaimed that she thinks the system is "crazy" because they don't ask for ID. But other than that, things went smoothly. 

Here are a few interesting things that happened:

- The lady standing in line behind me was holding her daughter, who looked about 4 years old. The girl asked for french fries, and the mom said "We can get french fries when we leave. We have to vote first." Aww! That mom has her priorities straight. 

How I view you when you tell me you've voted. 

- When I left the polling site, a man who had just parked his car asked me if he could park there. (I guess he didn't see the signs? Was he messing with me? Whatever.) When I said I wasn't sure, he remarked about how tough it was to find a spot. We then had this conversation:

Me: "Well, I guess it's tough to find parking because it's Election Day."

Him: "It's Election Day?"

Me: "Yes."

Him (sarcastically): "Huh. Well, good luck to us all." 

Me (cheerfully, because forget that guy): "If you want to vote, it's right around the corner."

Him: "Who do I vote for?"

Me (now I knew he was messing with me): "Vote for whomever you'd like."

Him: "I don't vote. There's no one to vote for."

Me: "That's never true." 

And I walked away. I seriously hate this kind of faux-jaded apathetic stuff. I'd much rather hear you calling me an idiot because of my political views than hear you say "Oh, I don't vote. It doesn't matter anyway." It DOES matter. I don't care what state you live in. Because if you don't vote, you live in a STATE OF IGNORANCE. 

(Hey, that was a good one. I'm going to use that in the future.) 

How I view you when you tell me you don't vote. 

- I walked by a nutty lady on the corner screaming about how she was a lifelong Democrat, but this time she voted "straight down the f*cking Republican ticket." (I have my suspicions as to why she did this, seeing as how she was cursing loudly at any minority person who passed her). But, lucky for me, she was an equal opportunity offender. She looked right as me and yelled "FUUUUUCCCKKK YYOOOOUUU" to me as I walked across the street. Awesome. I LOVE NEW YORK. 



Anyway, I hope other people had positive voting experiences today (or at least interesting ones). I'd love to hear your stories! And if you haven't voted yet, you still have time! Get out there and get potentially yelled at!




15 comments:

  1. this election definitely brought the wackos out around the old neighborhood lol

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  2. Yikes. We have a robot for a Prime Minister in Canada, so nothing this exciting ever happens.

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  3. I debated waiting until after noon to vote, but chanced it at 10am'ish. It was an hour+ wait for my district (the 3 others in that polling station were anywhere from no wait to 20 minutes). It was nearly pin-drop silence the entire time. My only issue was that I couldn't get a signal to read the news while I waited since I forgot my book!

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    1. Forgetting your book in that situation is indeed unfortunate. But sounds like you came out unscathed!

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  4. I feel special knowing in your mind, I'm all kinds of fancy because I voted. (I've voted in every election I've been eligible to vote in. I cannot imagine NOT voting. It just saddens me).

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    1. You are SO fancy. You are fancier than Robert Downey Jr.!

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  5. Advantage of living in a very small town (less than 2000 residents): walked in, no line, no wait. Well, that isn't entirely true: I had to wait for the election volunteer to find my complex last name (White) in the list. And I know that particular volunteer is the board president for the town's public library. Can I cry now? I turned the book to the correct page, pointed out my name, and she still didn't see it. Sigh. Happily, that was the only bad part about my voting experience.

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    1. I worked as an election judge in my college town (can you say "change of address form?), and I'm gonna hope your person was maybe just suffering from eye strain like I was.

      We had 1,200 people come in to our polling place (open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.). My favorite was the college kid who came in, voted, went out in the hall and sang/shouted, "I'm a good [hip bump] CITIZEN!" I think she gets some RDJ time too. ;)

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  6. Your "how I view you" had me in hysterics. Your entire post made my day. Voting here in NC was quiet - no crazies, no riots. So thankful to live in a country where we can vote.

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  7. My voting story was quite uninteresting. Woke up. Got dressed. Walked to the voting place a block away. Waited behind one person. Voted. Walked back home.

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  8. Okay, so I'm in England so I couldn't vote - but if I WAS in the U.S. I'd rather you'd just GIVEN me RDJ for voting. That would have made me a happy, happy lady. (P.S. Woohoo, Obama!) :D

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  9. In May, I was talking to my 4 year old about going to vote...and I told her how important it was. She happened to spend that day with her grands who both went to vote. So when I picked her up that afternoon, I asked if she was ready to help me vote. She was soooo excited! So, we drove across town and when we passed our neighborhood, Paige asked why she wasn't going to change before voting. I guess I didn't understand, but I told her that she didn't have to wear anything special to vote. So, we vote yada, yada. As we were leaving, I asked her if she was excited to vote when she's older. She said, "I guess. I thought we were BOATING. That was nothing like any boat I've been on" Oh, my poor child! She wanted to change into her swimming suit and go boating. Her B's and V's aren't very clear! This year she said something along the lines of boating on the water or boating in line?

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    1. That's so cute! Hopefully she'll get just as excited to vote. :)

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