Well, I voted. I went first thing this morning and had to wait about 40 minutes in this battleground state. This was the 2nd presidential election I’ve voted in; I was 6 weeks shy of 18 in 2000 (hey, I guess that means that my birthday is coming up, yay!).
This was the first election that I carried a cheat sheet in with me so I knew who I wanted to vote for (and who I didn’t want to vote for). I don’t know why that’s never occurred to me before. I completed my ballot as quickly as I could fill in those little bubbles.
There were no surprises this time, either. This was my second time with paper ballots so I was more comfortable with them (in Kansas it was always machines). I was at a different polling place this time which was much bigger, so they had tables you could fill out your ballot on, not just the booths. This means that the pens weren’t tied down which was a huge help to this lefty.
I really didn’t want to vote straight Republican. But when I got all done, every partisan office I had chosen a Republican for on the issues, not the party. There was only one where I was on the fence about, but I realized it would be as stupid to vote for the Democrat just because I could say I didn’t vote all Republican as it would to be to vote for the Republican just because he was a Republican. So I voted for the one that I was slightly more in favor of, who happened to be the Republican. There was one other partisan office where I didn’t vote for anybody as both candidates were running on a pro-big government platform, and I didn’t vote for many of the judges. If they don’t reveal their judicial philosophy, I’m not voting for them!
If you voted today, what was the experience like?
And yes, I ate my donuts this morning.
I’m thankful to live in a country where I can vote. Representative government sure has it’s faults, but I think I prefer it.