November 4th, 2008
|12:34 pm - "I Voted" stickers = Sexy!|
Many of you know, it is my opinion that the sexiest accessory that anyone might wear is an "I Voted" sticker. I have mine on today, and I hope that you have yours.
This election cycle has had a pleasant build-up, as sexy stickers go: no fault absentee voting (a.k.a. "early voting") has shown a pleasant lead-in to today's frenzy of stickers.
Get a picture of yourself with your sticker today. . . Maybe tomorrow we'll have a post for sexy "I Voted" stickers (and yes, your sticker counts, even if it says something other than "I Voted," so long as it's what you wear to show you voted)?
This morning, I braved the lines as I have in the past. I arrived at my polling place at 6:15 AM, and was greeted with a line longer than the one I encountered in 2004. Settling in for a long wait, I had my brand new copy of the Rgveda (Griffith's complete translation, finally!) with me, and as I watched dawn prepare to break over the gymnasium I was to vote in, I read two hymns: RV IV.51 and RV IV.52, both about Usas, the dawn. I wasn't really planning to read them (they're hymns I have not often read), but they were wonderfully appropriate for this election and this time of year, and my book sort of fell open to these two hymns this morning.
The first hymn states that "the far-refulgent Mornings, Daughters of Heaven, bring welfare to the people."
And the second, "thou layest bare the gloom with light."
No matter who is elected, change will come. I'm positive of that. I'm not so sure whether the change will be good or bad, or even if I can be certain that one candidate will manage better than the other, should he be elected. Today is the first blush of that changing dawn, though, and I felt blessed to be part of it.
I waited in line for an hour and a half total. As there was four years ago, there was confusion about which school to vote in. This year, they started telling people about the other polling place at 6:30 AM, however, instead of waiting until 8 AM.
The key difference between this year and 2004, however, was that in 2004 there were four voting machines, and in 2008 there were ten. Franklin County has nearly doubled the number of voting machines this year, which is what we ought to have done in 2004, when voter turnout was projected by the then-Secretary of State at 73% (instead, he moved machines from Democratic areas to Republican areas with a net increase of 13 machines). In addition, paper ballots were also offered to anyone wishing to use those instead, which decreased wait time.
While there was some normal confusion at the polls (no matter what, things can't go smoothly), the lines moved reasonably fast and I didn't notice any of those dreaded "irregularities" that I noted last time. The law against campaigning at the polls was enforced somewhat erratically, but probably most appropriately: even sample ballots from political parties were banned from being shown in the voting area, but we were informed we could take them out once we were in the booth. Perhaps the most annoying part of the whole thing was the fact that they weren't registering people fast enough (they had little old ladies at the registration desk, squinting at the small-print books), and so there were times when voting booths were actually vacant for a short time while the line was still about an hour long.
People came out in droves, though, and most people were good-humoured about it. A number even brought their kids to participate.
Today, I'm rather proud of our system. I'm happy with the turnout. While the time it took to cast my ballot was not much improved (I actually waited longer than my 1 hour 20 minute wait from 2004), I feel far more confident in this election that my voice will be heard than I was in the last election. I've been singing the Jimmy Buffett song in my "current music" field all morning. Here's hoping that tomorrow's song isn't "Send Lawyers, Guns and Money."
It was a beautiful morning to watch the refulgent dawn and know that tomorrow will be the first of many brighter dawns to come.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: cheerful
Current Music: "Good Guys Win", -JB
|Date:||November 4th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)|| |
I feel so left out.
This morning, I was decrying the lack of the "I Voted!" sticker that is faced by those of us who live in areas that have vote by mail. *sigh*
I feel so naked.
Naked is sexy, too. Can you find a bumper sticker to strategically place? I'll even accept a home-made post-it note.
All "I Voted" stickers are equally sexy in my eyes, even if you had to make 'em yourself.
|Date:||November 4th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)|| |
I feel left out too as I wasn't offered an "I Voted" or similar sticker as I left the polls after a total of 10 minutes from the time I entered to the time I left (the major delays were I went to the wrong district first so I had to go to the next table down the line, a new poll worker had to find and sign me in, and the lever wouldn't release so my vote could be cast).
I sware, my voting machine gets no more than 100 votes each year... the district is only 2 city blocks... Why do some states lag behind with machine per person tallies?
It's likely related to Gerrymandering, I imagine: how do you keep track of who needs how many machines if you keep changing the borders of the precincts? And Ohio's had some issues with that in the past.
We have electronic voting, though, so there's no getting stuck in our machines. . . probably more expensive, but clearly less carnivorous
And note my response above: make one :)Edited at 2008-11-04 05:55 pm (UTC)
|Date:||November 4th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)|| |
maybe less carnivorous... but are you sure your vote was actually counted? I heard the dials move in the old lever machine this morning... I know mine was. ;-)
Our electronic machines actually have a paper trail now, one that you can "follow along with" as you choose. So yes, I'm positive they were counted.
No major clicks and pops of the old machines, but it's pretty slick :)
|Date:||November 4th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)|| |
The paper trail is important, but is only looked at if there's a recount. Otherwise whatever the computer says is considered true.
And I bet most people don't even know to check the paper.
It's loud enough to get your attention, though whether the person looks at it or not. . . well, I'm not sure.
|Date:||November 4th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)|| |
Well, I will miss the old machines when they get replaced here next (they say) year.
Those hymns were beautiful. Thank you for sharing. :-)
Np. I agree with MacDonnell's assessment of Usas: "Usas is the most graceful creation of Vedic poetry, and there is no more charming figure in the descriptive religious lyrics of any other literature."
Go you for voting!! I do not have a sexy sticker because they didn't give them out at my polling place. :( But I know I voted, so it's all good.
Well, I understand that they're hard to come by
in Texas. I highly approve of your voting, despite their refusal to accessorize your otherwise awesomely sexy outfit!Edited at 2008-11-04 06:22 pm (UTC)
I voted on Thursday, when it was much chillier, so my sticker is on my coat. Now it's bizarrely warm here and I can't wear my coat because it's too hot. I don't get to parade my sticker around! *cries*
Somehow I shall have to find the strength to carry on.
Indeed, and I think you shall :)
I actually waited longer than my 1 hour 20 minute wait from 2004
Dude! I've never waited more than two minutes to vote, and that's queuing for the voting booth AND to show my ID and have my name checked off the list. I mean, yeah, I usually go early because I always work election day, but I've never witnessed a congestion that wasn't cleared in 10 minutes (and I've been put to work every election day since I was 4, so... 6 elections plus a national referendum).
People here would get seriously pissed off and go home if they had to wait like that.
They get pissed here, too, and go home. I just hope that fewer go home than I'm sometimes afraid might happen.
But yeah: it was an hour and a half this morning. I understand that polling places aren't so full right now, but that's really just hearsay.
Thanks for the recap...Makes me feel less estranged from the process.
An hour and a half?!?! My gods, it's no wonder Ohio seems to be at the center of the last few election controversies. It never takes me more than 5 minutes to get in and out of the polling center.
Yep, that's how it goes here. It says a lot about the process, though, that I'm more confident about the process even though it took me ten minutes longer this year.
Hehe, damn sexy, and doubly so since it's your. . . first time. . . :)