As you know, in the United States, today is Election Day. But what you might not know is that my sister Michelle is a history major. As such, any and every opportunity that arises that allows her the forum to speak about something historical, political, or governmental, causes her to jump for joy and shout it from the rooftops.
I, personally, am not that interested. Perhaps because my granddaddy used to make me sit through hours upon hours of presidential debates, rallies, and caucuses when I was a child, I find it all a bit boring. When it comes to voting, I really don’t think my vote matters that much because of the whole electoral vote versus the popular vote, etc.
However, despite not feeling that my vote makes a difference, I DO vote. Mainly, I vote because I feel that it would be hypocritical for me to complain about anything my government is doing if I didn’t cast my ballot for who I wanted running the show whether or not it really counts. That is a huge pet peeve of mine when people complain loudly and frequently about the government yet they do nothing to try to make a difference, even if they do feel it’s a dog and pony show.
But a couple of things I don’t like about the actual act of voting are as follows: I don’t understand why they give out those “I Voted” stickers. I think the reason might be to encourage others to participate, but frankly, if they were people who weren’t inclined to vote in the first place, then they probably aren’t registered and as such, have no time on the day of the election to get signed up to do so. Furthermore, if they’re among those that simply “don’t vote” then I don’t see how my wearing a little piece of paper glued to my shirt will change their mind.
The other thing I don’t like is when you have a small child, they won’t allow the child in the booth with you. I understand the “right to privacy” and all that, but I’d rather carry my infant with me than to leave them in the voting lobby with strangers. I don’t think a two-year old is going to influence my vote, nor do I think they will read my ballot and broadcast my selections to the world.
Another thing I don’t like is when there are things on the ballot such as “Should Carl P. Dinkmeyer retain his job as Judge?” It doesn’t give me the choice between Mr. Dinkmeyer and someone else, but rather just asks if he should stay in office. Personally, I don’t want that kind of responsibility. I mean, I usually vote YES because I don’t want to be the reason someone is unemployed and not able to support their family. However, what if the person is a slime ball? Then I’m enabling them to stay in a position where they can influence other lives.
Additionally, I don’t like where there are always some new laws or amendments on the back page that are worded in such a way that you can’t understand if you’re actually voting for or against them. Keep in mind, I was a senior paralegal for fourteen years, and I read and wrote legal language every day, yet some of these are difficult for even me to grasp.
Finally, I don’t like when there is a blank where you can write in your own nominee. I mean, I actually do use that line sometimes and write in “Jon Bon Jovi” when I don’t care for the other choices, but come on! It’s not like anyone is really going to get elected off a write-in vote, so I think it’s kind of silly that they add it.
Time to talk: Do you vote? Do you wear the “I Voted” sticker? Do you ever forget about the sticker and wash your clothes with it on then regret it later when there’s a big glue spot on your shirt? Do you research everyone on the ballot before you vote? Do you ever vote to keep someone out of office rather than voting to get someone in?