Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I Voted

I voted today.

Florida has early voting and I decided to take advantage of it. The first day was yesterday so after some research I headed down to my polling spot, a library, thinking I'd get it done without the lines.

Boy, was I wrong.

The parking lot? Packed. The place? Jumping. It seems that everyone had the exact same idea I had and in turn what we went there to avoid was already there.

Lots of people.

I went in anyway.

How can something that seems like it would be so mundane be so exciting? I can't explain it but it was. Get out your license, fill out a card with your address and the date and your date of birth.

Don't forget to sign it.

I was tingling as I walked into the voting room.

The first time I voted was for George McGovern for president. We all know how that turned out but I  finally was old enough to vote and I was going to vote.

I've voted ever since.

This presidential election has seemed like it has gone on forever and it's still not done. I watched all three debates, read the papers every morning and watched the news every night.

Overload is a good word.

I can't wait until it's over. I can't wait for the commercials to disappear. I can't wait for the candidates to go away. I can't wait for part 2.

I went up to a table and checked in. My person, a woman, punched in a few things on her computer and then gave me my ballot.

And off I went.

Filling out the ballot made me feel so...American.

Look close, you'll see my I Voted sticker

As I brought my completed ballot to the front of the room I remembered a guy I used to work with at CBS. They called him Don Zingo, not his real name, and he pooh poohed voting. I remember one guy saying that if you don't vote you can't complain but he used a different word.


Voting is a gift, it is our right.

Use it.

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