This morning I arrived at the polling place - the elementary school a couple blocks from us - a little after 7am. There was a camera man waiting in the foyer and some enterprising students staffing a bake sale. When I entered the school auditorium where the booths were set up there were already 50+ people there. We waited in one line to confirm voter registration, though strangely enough I didn't have to show my driver's license or my voter registration card. I signed the voter registration roll and then a little card (color-coded for party affiliation) which I exchanged for a large ballot and a matching "secrecy envelope." Then I went into the little booth and made my decision. It was the moment of truth. Then into another line to feed the ballot into the vote machine. Which wasn't working. So we all left our ballots face down in an unsecured pile. On my way out I passed a woman and her daughter who were waiting for "I Voted" stickers which the daughter needed for a school assignment. I'm a little bummed I didn't get one myself. But I consoled myself with half a dozen blueberry muffins from the bake sale.
It occurred to me that this was my first time ever voting in the US. I always voted absentee ballot for California, and during the last presidential election all the Americans in the office in Ouaga trekked over to the US Embassy to complete generic ballots.
I think MoBob was more excited than I am, but then again, his king wasn't elected.
On February 12th, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
sounds suspicious to me. i wonder what the OCSE would say if they were monitoring voting in DC.
i'm voting today too. reading your post made me realize that i think i've only voted in person once (if at all) and it was long ago. every other time has been absentee. i hope i get a sticker. =) ah
Interesting to hear about the different processes of voting. I've counted votes for various past elections in Australia and it's been fascinating to look at things 'from the other side'.
When is the 'real' vote finally going to happen over there? I'm starting to get a little sick of seeing so much of your politicians on our TV over here!
The problem here is that everything differs from state to state. And I completely agree in limiting the campaigning period to a month or two weeks!
I'm not sure when the conventions are, but it'll be all over on Nov. 4.
Blueberry muffins! When my grandmother lived with my parents near the end of her life my father would take her to vote with him. He would tell her who to vote for and what propositions should pass. After voting he would take her to Applebys for free pie (with proof of voting). She always said she voted for the pie.
Did they have a choice of blueberry and red raspberry? Elephant or donkey shaped cookies? Clinton crisps, Obama banana nut or McCain McMuffins. Sorry, that's all I got.