seaslug

Good work, citizen

Well, I voted.

My polling place was only two blocks from my apartment. I went well prepared. Brought drivers license, passport, utility bill, and book for reading in case of long lines. Turned out all I needed was the drivers license. Didn't mind showing it when asked and didn't inquire on the law in Pennsylvania about whether I even needed to.

My polling place was in a garage behind a Catholic school. There were a couple cars pulling away as I walked up but I don't know if they were voters or volunteers working there and now leaving after the rush was over. A man offered me a pamphlet which I refused. The man was standing next to a cardboard cutout of John Kerry. The cutout was so stiff I thought for a moment it really was Kerry in the flesh (haha political humor). There were no challengers, no lawyers, no intimidators about. Other than the cardboard Kerry clone and pamphlet boy the place seemed deserted.

I walked into the garage and saw only one machine, an ancient hulking green mechanical one with levers and such, left over from the middle of the last century. There were a few volunteers behind a table and it appeared someone had just finished voting. I signed in, walked into the booth, pulled the handle, and closed the curtain. In no time at all I was finished and I was tempted to ask if I could go again since it had all been over too soon and since there was no line.

I was surprised to find Badnarik on the list and, though I voted mostly Libertarian and my hand hesitated over Badnarik's name, I decided to vote for Kerry just because I was scared doing anything else would help Bush get back in. I've said it here many times already - I'm an idiot.

Now it's all over but the crying. I'm feeling vaguely let down by how quickly I've finished exercising my rights. Maybe next election I'll go out and do some volunteering. Whatever happens, I did my duty. I hope I didn't fuck up.
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I was surprised to find Badnarik on the list and, though I voted mostly Libertarian and my hand hesitated over Badnarik's name, I decided to vote for Kerry just because I was scared doing anything else would help Bush get back in. I've said it here many times already - I'm an idiot.

Boo, hiss.