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I voted today!

I realize that this post is geared mostly towards those from the US on my flist, so Canadians, South Africans, Australians, Brits and all those who live in more civilized countries ignore at will. :)

So, yes, I voted this morning before work. We had new machines where everything was all computerized so that was all very exciting. And while they were all new and shiny and electronic, they were not the most user friendly things on the planet (which was probably why I had to wait 20 minutes to vote). I was glad that I had taken part of my time in line to actually read the posted instructions on how to work the darn thing. But, according to the summary page at the end I DID vote for the people that I was trying to vote for. Yay!

Does anyone else find it strange that they hand out stickers to grown people for voting??

I mean I always make sure and get my sticker, because I mean Hey! FREE STICKER! Duh! Who isn't going to take a free sticker???? But still I find it rather amusing that the one tangible incentive to vote is the same thing that we got when we were in kindergarden and washed our hands after using the potty, or helped pass out cartons of milk. It's kind of like, "Thanks for participating in the democratic process! You get a star for the day!"

Plus it is always nice to wear the "I voted!" sticker all day and know that someone somewhere that you run into that day is going to be a little bit scared that people like you actually get a say in how things are run in this country. :D



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Nov. 7th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)

i have to go after work penalty for working prior to polls open
Nov. 7th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
I love that we get stickers! I think it is sort of funny -- but mostly it just proves the power of the sticker! I am thinking that adults should really use them more -- including for washing their hands after using the potty. Have you ever seen the statistics on that?? Yicks!

I will be voting this afternoon. I am sort of sad that I ran out of time this morning because I do love wearing that sticker out and about during the day too. Yup. Even us scary folk get a say! Of course that also means that those other scary folk get a say too. We all do scare each other, don't we! Especially around election day.
Nov. 7th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)

Good Job!

Have a sugar free cookie!
Nov. 7th, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC)

It's very true, isn't it? Hee.
Nov. 8th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
You got a sticker???

I feel very cheated. *pouts*

We had the electronic things at the last election, so they weren't totally new to me, although I'd forgotten about turning the wheel. While I was there, there was an woman next to me, and she had to have help to work the thing. The poll-worker was very nice about it, but even when he explained for the twentieth time (okay, maybe only the third...:P) she *still* didn't get it, and *I* didn't get what was so hard about it.
Nov. 8th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
I voted, but didn't get a sticker. * pouts *

But, I sort of made a "Hello, boys!" entrance into the township building. I love men in suits who are trying to woo a vote out of you. Smiles, winks, holding doors open.

If only they behaved like that the other 364 days of the year...Le Sigh!
Nov. 8th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
Yes! I voted too. I waited until fairly late (2 hrs. before the polls close) because the lines are shorter. I also could not vote before work as the polls opened at the same time that I have to be clocked in and ready to go. Now if I worked in a union shop, election day would be a paid holiday.
We had the option of using the single voting computer or filling out our ballots the old-fashioned way, by hand. I really thought the Slytherin was going to go geek, but in the end he opted for the faster, low-tech method.
Nov. 8th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)
Sadly, I was not given a choice as to the type of ballot I was able to vote on. It was a very simple-fill-in-the-circle-completely ballot. Though I did feel like a high schooler again filling out the scan-tron tests.

And I didn't get a bloody sticker. WTBF!!!!! *pouts*
Nov. 8th, 2006 09:09 am (UTC)
That's the only thing I miss about voting absentie (sp..sorry the worst speller on the planet).....I miss that damn sticker! Some voting machines....the new onew were giving ppl problems out here....
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