This morning I walked to the town community center to fulfill my civic duty and vote for this year’s election. I had a sample ballot all prepared so that I would remember who I wanted to vote for for all of the positions such as judges and county commissioners, etc. The candidates that you rarely if ever hear anything about unless you make a significant effort to find out about them. I was very close to the community center when I suddenly realized I’d left the sample ballot at home. I didn’t walk back to get it. I just hoped my choices would jar a memory when I got the real ballot.
Thinking I had been prepared by bringing my Kindle so I could read instead of be bored waiting in line, I didn’t realize that for most of the line, they didn’t allow electronic devices to be turned on. At some point I asked the purpose for that rule since I couldn’t figure out how a Kindle would be able to jam the ballot scanner or hack into anything. The reasoning is that cell phones are distracting (agreed) and there is a concern about the cameras. Since the Kindle isn’t a phone or a camera, I didn’t see how it applied, but nevertheless, I just stood there quietly in line waiting for the moment when it would be over. It didn’t help that someone nearby just really smelled bad, so I felt I could barely breathe. Plus, all the activity and voices around me were also jarring as I’m still not recovered at all from being around people at work, and I’m very sensitive to everything.
I’d brought my voter registration card so I wouldn’t have to tell them how to spell everything, but the lady didn’t want to see it. Apparently, there is less voter fraud by trusting what people say to them rather than them showing any sort of proof of documentation. I could have told them I was Mary Smith (name made up for example) down the street and so long as I knew how to spell my name and address, I would have been in so long as the real Mary Smith hadn’t made an appearance.
Since we have a huge problem with people being in this country illegally, the voting locations decided to make it easier for them to illegally vote as well by printing big posters of instructions in Spanish. Now with very few exceptions, one of the requirements for being a U.S. citizen (and hence allowed to vote) is, “You must be able to read, write, speak, and understand words in ordinary usage in the English language.” So why the need for all of the voting instructions in any language other than English? If you’re a U.S. citizen, then you should know basic English, right? (I realize that many who have been citizens since birth don’t know basic English either, but I can guarantee you that those same people also do not know Spanish or any other language other than grunts or possibly l33t sp33k since they have to be able to text each other using something.)
And then people wonder why there are issues with voter fraud.
So I proudly wore my “I voted early” sticker home for no one else to see and came to the computer to type up this blog post since all these thoughts were running through my mind on the walk back.
Oh and for the record, I did vote for Obama. He’s less likely to stick me into a binder, after all.