I Voted Today

Just in the nick of time, my offi­cial Elec­tion Bal­lot arrived via UPS. Odd­ly enough, two Bal­lots arrived. One had my old Cam­bridge address on the stick­er and the oth­er had the new one I have here in Van­cou­ver. I think that the rea­son for the dupli­ca­tion is because I applied for one this year, even though I was prob­a­bly going to be get­ting one any­way (since I’m still reg­is­tered to vote in Mass­a­chu­setts. I did not send in both. Vot­er fraud is not some­thing I ever want to be asso­ci­at­ed with.

It was strange, fill­ing it out at home, and at the moment I filled in the oval for Oba­ma, he was giv­ing a stump speech on the tele­vi­sion, so I made a small salute to him as I vot­ed. You can’t do that in a vot­ing booth. Yes, an odd feel­ing.

In addi­tion to the Pres­i­den­tial tick­et, there were a few oth­er votes to make. Sen­taor Ker­ry was run­ning against Jef­frey K. Beat­ty, a Repub­li­can and Robert J. Under­wood, a Lib­er­tar­i­an I’d nev­er heard of. I expect that one will be a blowout for Ker­ry, but I don’t blame those guys for try­ing. The oth­er seats, includ­ing Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Dis­trict Coun­cil­lor, Sen­a­tor in Gen­er­al Court, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Gen­er­al Court and Reg­is­ter of Pro­bate were all Democ­rats run­ning unop­posed. Final­ly, there were 3 ques­tions, one an ini­tia­tive to low­er the per­son­al tax rate (while this real­ly does­n’t affect us, I was curi­ous as to the why, aside from the usu­al rea­sons — every­one always wants low­er tax­es), anoth­er that essen­tial­ly decri­m­inilizes Mar­i­juan­na (woo hoo!), and the last would out­law dog rac­ing. It will be inter­est­ing to see how that one goes.

Lat­er, I went down to the post office with Pam’s bal­lot and mine (she got her’s a day or so ago). I walked down to the one in the Kid’s Mar­ket on Granville Island, which is prob­a­bly the clos­est one to us. As I was wait­ing in line, a fel­low noticed the offi­cial envelopes and asked if I was vot­ing ear­ly. I told him I was, and also con­firmed that I was in fact vot­ing for the same fel­low the rest of the world want­ed. He wished me good luck, and again, it felt like one of the strangest votes I’ve ever made.

8 Replies to “I Voted Today”

  1. as a cana­di­an, i’m fas­ci­nat­ed with amer­i­can bal­lot­ing. espe­cial­ly that you actu­al­ly get to vote when there is only one can­di­date run­ning for a posi­tion (i.e. coun­cil­lor or reg­is­ter of pro­bate).

    our bal­lots are small and sim­ple in com­par­i­son.

    it makes me just a lit­tle jeal­ous!

  2. Thanks Mike and Heather -

    I actu­al­ly won­dered if it was ‘OK’ to post the bal­lot, but as far as I know there’s no law against doing that. It was con­ve­nient that I had a sep­a­rate dupli­cate to scan because I was able to scan it after I had mailed the oth­ers off to Mass­a­chu­setts.

    Look­ing for­ward to vot­ing in a Cana­di­an elec­tion some day, no mat­ter how small and sim­ple the bal­lots are. 🙂

  3. My bal­lot was mailed back to Flori­da about two weeks ago now. You’re right, it was a rather odd feel­ing fill­ing it out up here. Unlike Mass­a­chu­setts, how­ev­er, our part of Flori­da is pri­mar­i­ly repugli­can can­di­dates run­ning unop­posed. I, too gave the vote to “the man the rest of the world wants” although my actu­al choice was Kucinich.

    That’s not going to hap­pen in my life­time, how­ev­er .…

  4. Pam was a Kucinich fan, too. I know what you mean about it not going to hap­pen in your life­time (or any of our life­times, for that mat­ter).

    I think there’s some­thing wrong when 2 (or more) states like MA and FL can have the vast major­i­ty of their can­di­dates, from either par­ty, run­ning unop­posed. It just does­n’t serve any­body when there is so much pow­er with no viable oppos­ing point of view.

    That said, if the Democ­rats do lose the pres­i­den­cy this time, it real­ly is time to get rid of them and get a real oppo­si­tion par­ty. Oth­er­wise, it’s just an illu­sion of choice.

  5. Thanks for post­ing your bal­lot paper — that was very infor­ma­tive for us here in Aus­tralia fol­low­ing the elec­tion results on-line today. In Oz the bal­lot papers look very dif­fer­ent, and we can’t pro­pose ini­tia­tives for law reform on the bal­lot over here either.

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